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Large number of ICU employees suffer from mental health problems: Study



Nearly half of the staff in the intensive care unit are likely to suffer from mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder and severe anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published on Tuesday by researchers at King's College London.

Researchers examined more than 700 healthcare professionals at nine treatment centers in England last summer and found that around 40% of healthcare professionals reached the threshold for PTSD, and more than one in eight respondents said they often thought they would get better by dead or considered to injure themselves the two weeks before the examination.

The study also found that 6% of respondents showed signs of severe depression, 1

1% said they suffered from severe anxiety and 7% said they had developed a drinking problem.

Researchers urge healthcare facilities to put in place "evidence-based mechanisms" to enable staff to receive prompt treatment for mental health problems.

The study was published in the journal Occupational Medicine.

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