Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Health care workers’ burnout during the COVID19 pandemic]

NÉMETH Anikó1,2, IRINYI Tamás3,2

APRIL 30, 2021

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2021;34(2)

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[The study aimed to assess the level of burnout, the stress caused by the COVID19 pandemic and the changes in the Hungarian health care system, furthermore to shed light on the connections between these factors. The cross-sectional study was conducted through a self-constructed online survey at the beginning of 2021. Nineteen-hundred-sixty-five answers were received and analysed with SPSS 23.0. Descriptive statistics, chi-square, Kruskal-Wallis tests and linear regressions were calculated (p<0.05). Severe burnout was present by 46.7% of the participants and they reported higher levels of workplace and personal stress compared to those with better psychological status (p<0,000). The main contributors of high levels of burnout were the fear of COVID19 contamination, taking care of the infected, elevated work load because of COVID19 sick-leaves, uncertainty of the payment of sick-leave, fear of taking the COVID19 home and the elevated levels of tension at home. The COVID19 pandemic put a great burden on the health care workers causing a decline in their basically bad psychological state. This was deepened by the new health care regulation introduced during the pandemic.]

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  1. Szegedi Tudományegyetem Egészségtudományi és Szociális Képzési Kar
  2. MESZK Csongrád-Csanád Megyei Területi Szervezet
  3. Szegedi Tudományegyetem Pszichiátriai Klinika

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