Perception of personal protective equipment availability and mental health outcomes in workers from two national hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic

Alejandra B. Romero-Cabrera, Ana Lindo-Cavero, David Villarreal-Zegarra, Vilma Rodriguez, Matilde L. Luna-Matos, Wendoline N. Rojas-Mendoza, Jeff Huarcaya-Victoria, K. Vanesa Cuzcano-Gonzales, Christian Gonzales-Gavancho, Christoper A. Alarcon-Ruiz

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Abstract

Background: During the first wave of the pandemic, a constant concern of healthcare workers, who are more vulnerable to contagion, is their personal safety. This is directly related to the availability of adequate PPE, which led to a perception of dissatisfaction and inequality with government responses. We aim t o determines whether perception of adequate PPE availability is associated with depressive, anxiety, and stress symptoms in different types of healthcare workers. Methods: Analytical cross-sectional study surveyed clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers in two third-level hospitals in Lima, Peru. An online self-survey assessed the perception of adequate PPE availability, using a Likert scale question, which was then dichotomized for the analysis. In addition, we assessed the depressive, anxiety, and stress symptoms using validated questionnaires. Results: 563 participants were included. In general, there is no association between perception of PPE availability and three mental health outcomes. However, in the subgroup analysis, physicians with better perception of PPE availability had less moderate-severe outcomes in mental health; in contrast, nurses had higher moderate-severe outcomes. The type of profession in healthcare workers may modify the effect of this association. Conclusion: The association between perception of PPE availability and mental health outcomes is complex in healthcare workers from two third-level hospitals. This association can vary according to the type of work.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere23327
JournalHeliyon
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • 19
  • COVID
  • Health workers
  • Mental health
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Peru

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