Psychological Status of Selected Hospital Frontliners in Cabanatuan City
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The outbreak of the COVID-19 in the Philippines affected the country’s economy and public health of the Filipinos. As the number of COVID-19 positive increases, government hospitals reached out to private hospitals to form sustainable public-private partnerships to combat the spread of the Virus. The role of frontliners become significant, hence they exerted more efforts in their work and some of them suffered symptoms of both physical and mental fatigue, depression and anxiety. This study utilized descriptive research design; snowballing technique was used to identify the 40 frontliner-respondents who met the criteria of the research. The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale – 21 (DASS-21) developed by Lovibond and Lovibond (1995) was utilized as instrument. Results revealed that: majority of the frontliners’ stress and depression levels was in the normal to moderate levels; while their level of anxiety was dominant in the severe to extremely severe levels; nonetheless, around 35 percent of the frontliners experienced severe to extremely severe level of depression. A higher number of frontliners in public hospitals experienced higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression compared to the frontliners in private hospitals. Significant difference was established between the anxiety levels of frontliners in public and private hospitals; while no significant difference was established between their stress and depression levels. Findings of the study should be utilized by the hospital administrations to counteract the psychological status of the frontliners, the identified individuals with severe to extremely severe levels of psychological status are the most vulnerable and needs immediate intervention.
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