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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 15

Morbidity among healthcare workers and the “Grief Model”: Findings from a survey


Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Submission15-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance15-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication02-Oct-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vipul Singh
Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_321_20

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Singh V. Morbidity among healthcare workers and the “Grief Model”: Findings from a survey. Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2020;36, Suppl S1:15

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Singh V. Morbidity among healthcare workers and the “Grief Model”: Findings from a survey. Indian J Soc Psychiatry [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 28];36, Suppl S1:15. Available from: https://www.indjsp.org/text.asp?2020/36/5/15/297166



The five stages of grief model (or the Kubler-Ross model) postulates that those experiencing grief go through a series of five emotions: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.[1] After a rapid increase in cases of COVID-19 in the last couple of months in our country, it can be postulated that we are probably in the last two stages (i.e., depression and acceptance) of this model at present. In general, majority of the population is feeling low and waiting for the situation to improve and normalize. However, slowly, we have started accepting the fact that one has to get used to living with the coronavirus.

Healthcare workers (HCWs) experience considerable stress due to being in the frontline duty and also, in a way, go through these stages. To understand the same, a survey was conducted in our Government Medical College, Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh (a designated level-2 COVID-19 hospital), of HCWs, which includes nontrainee residents, interns, and nursing staff. It was seen that nearly 33% of all the three groups were experiencing mild-to-moderate depression along with anxiety, and about 50% of the participants reported posttraumatic symptoms since the onset of lockdown. The biggest concern for the HCW was of staying in active quarantine during their posting in the isolation ward for 2 weeks, away from their family members. Subsequent to their posting in the isolation ward, the HCWs have to be COVID-19 negative and subject to passive quarantine for a further week. Although this generates anxiety, yet the HCWs have “accepted” this process as part of their duty.

Hence, it can be seen that depression, anxiety, and acceptance were the common phenomena reported by HCWs, conceptually akin to the grief model. HCWs can benefit from support and counseling on these identified lines.



 
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Kubler-Ross E, Kessler D. On Grief & Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss. New York: Scribner; 2014.  Back to cited text no. 1
    




 

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