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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 318-319

Urgent measures needed to assess the mental health situation of medical professionals

Department of Medicine, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission04-Mar-2022
Date of Acceptance27-Apr-2022
Date of Web Publication17-Sep-2022

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Mr. H Shafeeq Ahmed
BMCRI, K.R Road, Bengaluru - 560 002, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_148_22

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Ahmed H S. Urgent measures needed to assess the mental health situation of medical professionals. Indian J Health Sci Biomed Res 2022;15:318-9

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Ahmed H S. Urgent measures needed to assess the mental health situation of medical professionals. Indian J Health Sci Biomed Res [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Dec 4];15:318-9. Available from: https://www.ijournalhs.org/text.asp?2022/15/3/318/356269

Dear Editor,

The research publication by Mathew et al.[1] brought to light the mental health issues faced by Indian resident doctors from the severe workload faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article indicates the huge effect that the pandemic has had on the mental health of resident doctors and this needs to be assessed by the medical fraternity and solutions need to be brought into play. Resident doctors have been found to often be the first contact for COVID-19 patients or suspected COVID-19 patients, and this could possibly be the reason behind the increased fear of COVID-19 among resident doctors.[2]

One of the concerns in regards to the findings of this article is the fact that there is a positive correlation between COVID ward postings and depression among resident doctors. Having to balance one's own safety with that of the needs of patients, family members, and employers in the situation of limited resources may lead to distressing situations creating moral conflicts and ethical dilemmas.[3] Possible solutions to this include:

  • Formation of groups among medical professionals to discuss mindfulness skills and to tackle issues regarding mental health. Counselors could be present at these group meetings to provide strategic and directed mental health counseling and suggestions. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a novel situation that needs more diversified and directed techniques to handle mental health issues
  • There needs to be a creation of effective leadership and managerial support toward resident medical doctors to provide adequate opportunities for counseling and support. Creating a group of psychiatrists at the hospital with the sole aim of supporting medical professionals and clinicians to support them during unprecedented events
  • Workplace interventions that help reduce mental health stigma among medical professionals and promote sharing and supporting colleagues with psychological difficulties may improve help-seeking behaviors
  • Studies indicate that workplace support from the employers' side for health-care professionals during the pandemic and other disasters has been shown to be helpful. Such supports should essentially provide medical and financial help support for medical professionals who fall sick. Morale improves when there is an indication that one's efforts are being appreciated and recognized.[4]

These solutions could possibly reduce the risk of mental illnesses among resident doctors. This provides scope for the prevention of possible risks for resident doctors, who are the next generation of medical professionals. Recognition of these easy-to-apply facilities allows hospitals and medical care centers to employ techniques to safeguard the interests of their employees.

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Mathew K, Jain K, Jith A. The psychological status of resident doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic and its association with resilience and social support: A cross-sectional study. Indian J Health Sci Biomed Res 2022;15:12.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Yasmeen A. Being the first contact, resident doctors face high risk. The Hindu; Published May 25, 2020. Available from: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/being-the-first-contact-resident-doctors-face-high-risk/article31666722.ece. [Last accessed on 2022 Mar 4].  Back to cited text no. 2
Litz BT, Stein N, Delaney E, Lebowitz L, Nash WP, Silva C, et al. Moral injury and moral repair in war veterans: A preliminary model and intervention strategy. Clin Psychol Rev 2009;29:695-706.  Back to cited text no. 3
Imai H, Matsuishi K, Ito A, Mouri K, Kitamura N, Akimoto K, et al. Factors associated with motivation and hesitation to work among health professionals during a public crisis: A cross sectional study of hospital workers in Japan during the pandemic (H1N1) 2009. BMC Public Health 2010;10:672.  Back to cited text no. 4


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