06 Oct Stigma and violence against healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and their mental health
Stigma and violence against healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and their mental health
Paper presentation167Jaroslav Pekara, Medical College in Prague, Czech Republic
Schadee ZaalThu 14:00 - 15:30
We describe the relationship between exposure to stigmatization, and violence against healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Czech Republic and their mental health. Our respondents (in summer 2020 was n=929; in the spring 2021 was n=1206) experienced stigma/discrimination and violence due to being healthcare worker in the pandemic. Experiences of violence were slightly higher at a later wave (wave 1: 4.5%; wave 2: 5.1%). In both waves, exposure to stigma/discrimination was reliably associated with substantially increased risk of at least moderate level of psychological distress (wave 1 OR: 2.72 & wave 2 OR: 1.71), moderate depressive symptomatology (wave 1 OR: 3.44 & wave 2 OR: 2.38), and suicidal ideation (wave 1 OR: 3.55 & wave 2 OR: 2.02). The strongest observed association was between exposure to violence and suicidal ideation in the second wave, suggesting 3.5 times increased risk (OR= 3.63; 95%CI: 1.83 to 7.22).