Mental Health Support Measures for Medical Professionals in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic: Global and Domestic Experience

Plutnitskiy A.N.1,2, Rodionova A.D.2, Savchenko N.A.2

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1 State Research Center – Burnasyan Federal Medical Biophysical Center of Federal Medical Biological Agency, Moscow, Russian Federation

2 The Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation

UDC 614.23:616.89-008.454:578.834.1

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Abstract. A new coronavirus infection COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Medical professionals, who play the leading role in the fight against the spread of the dangerous virus, work under conditions of high and prolonged stress. There is an urgent need for psychologists to intervene and to develop support measures for medical professionals to maintain and to preserve their mental health.

In connection with the need to determine the state of mental health of medical professionals and to assess international and domestic experience in the implementation of measures to support it, the analysis of scientific publications for 2020, devoted to the issue of mental health of medical workers in the pandemic COVID-19 was conducted.

The conclusion is made that the organization of psychological help and psychological support as well as positive world experience of the realized measures of support will allow to keep mental health of medical professionals during the pandemic.

Keywords: anxiety, depression, medical professionals, mental health, new coronavirus infection COVID-19, pandemic, stress, support measures

For citation: Plutnitskiy A.N., Rodionova A.L., Savchenko N.A. Mental Health Support Measures for Medical Professionals in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic: Global and Domestic Experience. Meditsina katastrof = Disaster Medicine. 2021;4:26-30 (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.33266/2070-1004-2021-4-27-31


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The material was received 16.04.21; the article after peer review procedure 01.12.21; the Editorial Board accepted the article for publication 13.12.21