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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on stress of French general practitioners during the first wave

Abstract : Background: We aimed to evaluate the level of stress among French general practitioners (GPs) during the first wave of the pandemic, and to assess risk and protective factors of stress. Methods: The COVISTRESS study is an online questionnaire collecting demographic and occupational data using the secure REDCap® software. Stress levels were evaluated using non-calibrated visual analog scale, from 0 (no stress) to 100 (maximal stress). Results: We included 274 GPs (40.1±12.1 years old, 68.2% women). GPs had a 64% higher level of work-related stress during the first lockdown (65.2±28.5) compared to before the pandemic (39.8±26.6) and remained at a high level of stress thereafter (59.6±28.6) with a 50% increase compared to before the pandemic (p<0.001). The prevalence of severe stress (>80/100) was 4% before the pandemic, 34% during the first lockdown and 26% thereafter (p<0.05). The risk of severe stress was multiplied by 5.2 per additional 5-hour-work/week (RR=5.20, 1.93 to 14.2), tripled for GPs who worked in an area affected by the COVID-19 (2.86, 1.11 to 7.33), and tended to double with the lack of face mask (1.94, 0.94 to 4.02). Being male decreased the risk by 46% in male (0.54, 0.34 to 0.84), by 16% per ten-year in age (0.84 per 10-year, 0.71 to 0.99) and by 59% for those in a relationship (0.41, 0.22 to 0.74). Conclusion: The Covid-19 pandemic increased work stress in French GPs during the first wave. The main risk factors were the workload and working in an area impacted by the Covid-19. Age, being a man, being in a relationship were protective factors.
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Alyssia Lamrani. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on stress of French general practitioners during the first wave. Human health and pathology. 2022. ⟨dumas-03638566⟩

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