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Volume: 44 Issue: 1

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  • Original Article

Impact of overburden due COVID-19 pandemic on psychological health and work efficacy of doctors in Mangalore city, Dakshina Kannada district -A cross-sectional study

 Carol Furtado1, Nitin Joseph2, Sushantha Perduru3, Maria Nelliyanil3, Manjula Anil4, Shreenidhi Shetty


1A J Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Institute, Mangalore, Karnataka, India 

2Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India 

3Department of Community Medicine, A J Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Institute, Mangalore, Karnataka, India 

4Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India 


 Corresponding author: Maria Nelliyanil. Email: [email protected] 

Year: 2024, Page: 120-124, Doi: https://doi.org/10.51248/.v44i1.4153

Received: Dec. 1, 2023 Accepted: Feb. 11, 2024 Published: May 1, 2024



Introduction and Aim: One of the greatest pandemics faced by the world was COVID-19 which has added increased strain and psychological impacts on healthcare workers. This study was conducted to find out the impact of overburden due to COVID-19 on the psychological health of doctors and further to know whether it has affected the services provided by them. 

Materials and Methods: An information sheet which contained the details regarding purpose and nature of the study, questionnaire and consent form were given to each participant. Data was collected through email, WhatsApp, and physical forms. Depression, anxiety, stress, self-efficacy, and perceived social support were assessed using standard questionnaires. 

Results: Out of the 205 participants, 9 (4%) had a mild depression, 6(3%) had mild anxiety and 6(3%) had mild stress. Female doctors, those involved in fever clinics and inpatient care of COVID patients had significantly higher scores for depression, anxiety and stress when compared to others. Those involved in ICU care of COVID patients had higher General Self Efficacy (GSE) scores. General Self Efficacy (GSE) and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) scores showed a positive correlation. 

Conclusion: Doctors involved in care of COVID-19 patients at fever clinic and inpatient care had several mental health problems. Hence, they along with female doctors need to be periodically screened for these conditions periodically. 

Keywords: COVID-19; psychological health; work efficacy; doctors.



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Carol Furtado, Nitin Joseph, Sushantha Perduru, Maria Nelliyanil, Manjula Anil, Shreenidhi Shetty . Impact of overburden due COVID-19 pandemic on psychological health and work efficacy of doctors in Mangalore city, Dakshina Kannada district -A cross-sectional study.  Biomedicine: 2024; 44(1): 120-124