The Effect of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Breast Cancer Teamwork: A Multicentric Survey

Gianluca Vanni, Marco Materazzo, Francesca Santori, Marco Pellicciaro, Maria Costesta, Paolo Orsaria, Francesca Cattadori, Chiara Adriana Pistolese, Tommaso Perretta, Marcello Chiocchi, Rosaria Meucci, Feliciana Lamacchia, Massimo Assogna, Jonathan Caspi, Alessandra Vittoria Granai, Adriano DE Majo, Agostino Chiaravalloti, Maria Rolando D'Angelillo, Rosaria Barbarino, Sara IngallinellaLjuba Morando, Stefania Dalli, Ilaria Portarena, Vittorio Altomare, Giovanni Tazzioli, Oreste Claudio Buonomo

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Despite the large amount of clinical data available of Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19), not many studies have been conducted about the psychological toll on Health Care Workers (HCWs).

PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this multicentric descriptive study, surveys were distributed among 4 different Breast Cancer Centers (BCC). BCCs were distinguished according to COVID-19 tertiary care hospital (COVID/No-COVID) and district prevalence (DP) (High vs. Low). DASS-21 score, PSS score and demographic data (age, sex, work) were evaluated.

RESULTS: A total of 51 HCWs were analyzed in the study. Age, work and sex did not demonstrate statistically significant values. Statistically significant distribution was found between DASS-21-stress score and COVID/No-COVID (p=0.043). No difference was found in the remaining DASS-21 and PSS scores, dividing the HCWs according to COVID-19-hospital and DP.

CONCLUSION: Working in a COVID-19-hospital represents a factor that negatively affects psychosocial well-being. However, DP seems not to affect the psychosocial well-being of BCC HCWs. During the outbreak, psychological support for low risk HCWs should be provided regardless DP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1685-1694
Number of pages10
JournalIn vivo (Athens, Greece)
Issue number3 Suppl
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Cancer Care Facilities
  • Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology
  • Depression/epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases/prevention & control
  • Occupational Stress/epidemiology
  • Pandemics
  • Patient Care Team
  • Personnel, Hospital/psychology
  • Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Protective Devices/supply & distribution
  • Psychosocial Support Systems
  • Rome
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tertiary Care Centers
  • Uncertainty
  • Workload

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