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Covid-19 pandemic induced traumatizing medical job contents and mental health distortions of physicians working in private practices and in hospitals

Kompetenznetz Vorhofflimmern e.V. (AFNET); Technische Universität München; Monash Universityy Malaysia; St. Vincenz-Krankenhaus GmbH

  • Disziplin: Sozial, Gesundheit, Psychologie
  • Forschungsmethode: Quantitativ
  • Forschungsdesign: Primärerhebung, Offene Befragung (selbstselektiert)
  • Erhebungsstatus: Open-Access-Publikation, Erhebung abgeschlossen, Ergebnisse veröffentlicht, Daten zugänglich

Ziele der Studie

The study aimed to examine the possible traumatic burden of the pandemic during its early phase for medical frontline personal. It is unclear whether the medical workforce with the passage of time has adapted to these threats or whether emotional perturbations have generalized to wider medical settings. The findings disclosed that major COVID-19 induced stress job content issues have broadened to more medical disciplines beyond frontline workers. Mental health deteriorations and feelings of helplessness among physicians have become frequent.


An online survey was conducted among 1,476 physicians, while valid data were achieved from 1,327 participants. Depression and anxiety was screened with the PHQ-2 and GAD-2 and the pandemic induced job context score was built by nine items.

The survey aimed to capture the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on future medical treatment as well as behavioural and psychological variables, therefore including concerned question (,,How helpless did you feel during the pandemic?“ or whether the pandemic will have a lasting effect on medical care).


Individual participant data and a data dictionary defining each field in the set
will be made available to others after approval of a proposal with a signed data access agreement sent to the Academic research organisation Atrial Fibrillation NETwork (AFNET), Münster, Germany via the following E-Mail:

  • info@af-net.eu