Assessment of the psychological status of urologists during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The aim of this study was to analyze the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress in urologists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Materials and methods. 90 urologists aged 25 to 60 years (M=37.27, S.D.=9.53), 93% of them were men, participated in the online survey. They answered questions about their attitude to their job as doctors and the impact of COVID-19. They filled out the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS-21), the Ten Item Personality Inventory (TIPI) and answered questions assessing their sense of control. Results. The greatest concern among urologists is the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 (for 30% of the doctors). 43% of urologists state that their profession interesting. A positive attitude to work, as well as the Big Five traits (Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability and Agreeableness) are associated with lower levels of depression, anxiety, stress and lack of control. Working with COVID-19 patients reduces stress and increases the sense of control. Age and high levels of Emotional Stability predicted lower levels of anxiety, depression and stress. Discussion. Working with COVID-19 patients allows doctors to feel more control over what is happening. A sense of control, in turn, and a positive attitude towards work are associated with a lower levels of depression, anxiety and stresssymptoms. Conclusion. The results of this study can be used in selection of therapeutic targets for psychotherapy, administered to doctors; in prevention of symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression among doctors; and in professional selection of doctors for working in crisis situations.

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Yu. V Krasavtseva

FGAOU VO I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University

assistant at the Department of pedagogy and medical psychology Moscow, Russia

M. G Kiseleva

FGAOU VO I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University

MD in psychology. professor, head of the Department of pedagogy and medical psychology Moscow, Russia

G. R Kasyan

A.I. Evdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry of Minzdrav of Russia

MD, professor at the Department of Urology Moscow, Russia

D. Yu Pushkar

A.I. Evdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry of Minzdrav of Russia

academician of RAS, MD, professor, Head of the Department of Urology Moscow, Russia


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