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Revista argentina de cardiología

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BELLIA, SEBASTIÁN et al. Temporal Evolution of the Psychophysical Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Health Workers. Rev. argent. cardiol. [online]. 2021, vol.89, n.6, pp.507-512.  Epub 01-Dic-2021. ISSN 1850-3748.


The Coronavirus-2 pandemic has generated clear negative psychological effects on health workers. Our objective was to describe the temporal evolution of these effects.


The results of the ImPaCTS-SAC.20 survey which evaluated anxiety, depression, burnout, lifestyle alterations and personal relationships, in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires Province were compared in the periods of June-July and August-September, 2020. The responses of 862 health workers from the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA) were analyzed.


There were proportionally more cases of mild and moderate depression in august/september than in june/july, however, this difference was not statistically significant (p=0.151). The rate of respondents who presented anxiety remained stable: 41% vs. 41% (p=0.941). As the pandemic progressed, the rate of non-smokers decreased (85.1% vs. 77.4%, p=0.036) and a significant increase was observed in professionals who resorted to psychotherapy (15% vs. 24.6%, p=0.001), with no significant differences in other methods to manage stress.


The psychophysical consequences caused by the pandemic did not differ between the months of june and september, so they could be long-lasting and require professional psychological assistance.

Palabras clave : Coronavirus; Argentina; Health workers; Psychiatric disorders.

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