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Title: Prevalence of depression and its impact on quality of life in frontline otorhinolaryngology nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic in China
Authors: Tian, ZR
Xie, XM
Li, XY
Li, Y
Zhang, QG
Zhao, YJ
Cheung, T 
Ungvari, GS
An, FR
Xiang, YT
Issue Date: 2021
Source: PeerJ, 2021, v. 9, e11037
Abstract: Objective. Exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was associated with high risk of mental health problems among frontline nurses. This study examined the prevalence of depressive symptoms (depression hereafter) and its impact on quality of life (QOL) in otorhinolaryngology (ENT) nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic in China. Methods. An online study was conducted between March 15 and March 20, 2020. Depression and QOL were assessed using standardized instruments. Results. A total of 1,757 participants were recruited. The prevalence of depression was 33.75% (95% CI: 31.59%-35.97%). Results emerging from multiple logistic regression analysis showed that direct care of COVID-19 patients (OR: 1.441, 95% CI: 1.031- 2.013, P = 0:032), and current smoking (OR: 2.880, 95% CI: 1.018-8.979, P = 0:048) were significantly associated with depression. After controlling for covariates, ENT nurses with depression had a lower overall QOL compared to those without depression (F-(1,F- 1757) = 536.80, P < 0:001). Conclusions. Depression was common among ENT nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic in China. Considering the negative impact of depression on QOL and care quality, regular screening for depression should be conducted in ENT nurses and treatment should be provided.
Keywords: COVID-19
Depression
Otorhinolaryngology
Quality of life
Nurse
Publisher: PeerJ, Ltd.
Journal: PeerJ 
EISSN: 2167-8359
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.11037
Rights: © 2021 Tian et al.
Distributed under Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
The following publication Tian Z, Xie X, Li X, Li Y, Zhang Q, Zhao Y, Cheung T, Ungvari GS, An F, Xiang Y. 2021. Prevalence of depression and its impact on quality of life in frontline otorhinolaryngology nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic in China. PeerJ 9:e11037 is available at https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.11037
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