Rigakuryoho Kagaku
Online ISSN : 2434-2807
Print ISSN : 1341-1667
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Survey of Rehabilitation Professionals’ Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Tokyo
Tetsuya CHIBAYukari HORIMOTO
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2022 Volume 37 Issue 3 Pages 335-340

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[Purpose] The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection control measures that have been in place for a long time constantly impose a mental burden on rehabilitation professionals who spend a substantial amount of time with patients. Anxiety among patients and its effect on their mental health persists because the stringent adherence to these measures is a determinant of the spread of infection. [Participants and Methods] We conducted an online questionnaire survey of 248 rehabilitation professionals employed in Tokyo. The questionnaire comprised a stress assessment instrument for medical professionals and additional stress-related questions. [Results] Anxiety tended to be greater in COVID-positive patients, and the non-intervention and general staff groups. In particular, the general staff group was found to have various concerns regarding COVID-19 infection. [Conclusion] The long-lasting COVID-19 pandemic can cause physical and mental changes among medical professionals, and managers are thus required to monitor the physical and mental conditions of on-duty staff.

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