The experience of oncology healthcare providers in the central italy during the covid-19 lockdown

Alessandra Fabi, Patrizia Pugliese, Pina Tiziana Falbo, Domenico Corsi, Maria Agnese Fabbri, Bruno Vincenzi, Emilio Bria, Francesco Angelini, Alessandro Bonucci, Arianna Pellegrino, Chiara Falcicchio, Anita Caruso, Luca Giacomelli, Valentina Mirisola, Simonetta Papa, Francesco Cognetti, Gennaro Ciliberto, Maria Perrone

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Abstract

While the emotional response of healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extensively investigated in countries in the Far-East, little is known about the psychological impact and the associated emotional distress of healthcare providers in Italy, especially with regard to different regions. The aim of the “VIRARE” survey, which was addressed to all the healthcare providers in the Lazio region (central Italy) and, in particular, to those working in the oncology field, is to analyze their opinion on the impact and management of the pandemic, to better understand the level of their psychological distress. A global good psychological response of healthcare providers to the pandemic has emerged, independently from their different occupations in the oncology field. Healthcare providers show a high degree of resilience, identifying the major causes of distress the difficulty of the management of this situation, the obstacles in their working activity and expressing a high degree of dissatisfaction with how Italian institutions handled this situation. This survey also provides a direct comparison between COVID-19-infected (or directly in contact with COVID-19-infected patients) and uninfected healthcare providers, identifying the sub-category of infected professionals that reported signs of depression as particularly vulnerable.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3031
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalCancers
Volume12
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Emotional distress
  • Healthcare providers
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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