Article Type: Original Articles
The Frequency and Determining Factors of Psychiatric Symptoms in Healthcare Professionals
Serhat Tunc, Samet Kose
Objective: This study aimed to explore the psychiatric symptoms, the factors affecting their frequencies, and their relationship between perceived health status among health care professionals.

Methods: Four hundred twenty-five people (doctors, nurses, midwives, and other health personnel-technicians, auxiliary health personnel) were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. It was aimed to reach the whole universe without sampling. General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), the sociodemographic characteristics of the healthcare professional, perceived health status were applied. The data were evaluated by Mann-Whitney U, Student T-test, and the chi-square test in SPSS program.

Results: There was a statistically significant difference in general health questionnaire results among the nurse-midwives and those who perceived their health status as bad (respectively, p=0.015, p=0.001). There was a statistically significant difference in verbal violence exposure for the last year among the doctors and those who perceive their health status as bad, with shorter heights, and a high number of daily examined patients (respectively, p=0.001, p=0.001, p=0.010, p=0.001). There was a statistically significant difference in physical violence exposure for the last year among the doctors and with a high number of daily examined patients (respectively, p=0.035, p=0.001). In logistic regression analysis being a nurse-midwife and perceiving health status as bad were determined as risk factors for psychiatric illness in healthcare workers.

Conclusions: It can be said that the psychiatric symptoms are in high frequency and therefore constitute an important risk group for psychiatric illnesses in healthcare professionals.


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Key words: Health status, medical staffs, mental health, perception, prevention, violence
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 2019;9(3):94-101
Online ISSN: 2636-834X
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