Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12105/13954
Thirty-day suicidal thoughts and behaviors among hospital workers during the first wave of the Spain COVID-19 outbreak
Mortier, Philippe | Vilagut, Gemma | Ferrer, Montse | Serra, Consol | Molina, Juan D | López-Fresneña, Nieves | Puig, Teresa | Pelayo-Terán, José M | Pijoan, José I | Emparanza, José I | Espuga, Meritxell | Plana, Nieves | González-Pinto, Ana | Ortí-Lucas, Rafael M | de Salázar, Alma M | Rius, Cristina CNIC | Aragonès, Enric | Del Cura-González, Isabel | Aragón-Peña, Andrés | Campos, Mireia | Parellada, Mara | Pérez-Zapata, Aurora | Forjaz, Maria João ISCIII | Sanz, Ferran | Haro, Josep M | Vieta, Eduard | Pérez-Solà, Víctor | Kessler, Ronald C | Bruffaerts, Ronny | Alonso, Jordi | MINDCOVID Working Group
Depress Anxiety. 2021;38(5):528-544.
Background: Healthcare workers are a key occupational group at risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB). We investigated the prevalence and correlates of STB among hospital workers during the first wave of the Spain COVID-19 outbreak (March-July 2020). Methods: Data come from the baseline assessment of a cohort of Spanish hospital workers (n = 5450), recruited from 10 hospitals just after the height of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak (May 5-July 23, 2020). Web-based self-report surveys assessed 30-day STB, individual characteristics, and potentially modifiable contextual factors related to hospital workers' work and financial situation. Results: Thirty-day STB prevalence was estimated at 8.4% (4.9% passive ideation only, 3.5% active ideation with or without a plan or attempt). A total of n = 6 professionals attempted suicide in the past 30 days. In adjusted models, 30-day STB remained significantly associated with pre-pandemic lifetime mood (odds ratio [OR] = 2.92) and anxiety disorder (OR = 1.90). Significant modifiable factors included a perceived lack of coordination, communication, personnel, or supervision at work (population-attributable risk proportion [PARP] = 50.5%), and financial stress (PARP = 44.1%). Conclusions and Relevance: Thirty-day STB among hospital workers during the first wave of the Spain COVID-19 outbreak was high. Hospital preparedness for virus outbreaks should be increased, and strong governmental policy response is needed to increase financial security among hospital workers.
COVID-19 | Suicidal Ideation | Disease Outbreaks | Hospitals | Humans | Prevalence | Risk Factors | SARS-CoV-2 | Spain | Students | Suicide, Attempted
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