Research Article
Volume 13 Issue 3 - 2021
Pain in Brazilian Healthcare Professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Gilberto Diniz de Oliveira Sobrinho1, Isabella Araujo Mota Fernandes2* and Iuara Paiva Silva Morais3
1Psychiatrist at Centro de Atenção Psicossocial de João Pessoa, Brazil
2Neurologist at Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil
3Physiotherapist at Hospital de Emergência e Trauma Senador Humberto Lucena, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Isabella Araujo Mota, Neurologist at Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil.
Received: anuary 25, 2021; Published: February 17, 2021




Abstract

Health professionals are susceptible for physical and mental illness secondary to the pandemic of COVID-19. The present study aimed to evaluate the presence of pain, its intensity and impact on daily life in health professionals, in addition to its relationship with sleep and physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an observational and cross-sectional study collected through a questionnaire sent by Google Forms to healthcare professionals across the Brazilian territory. The volunteers answered the Brief Pain Inventory and questions about the suspension or reduction of physical activity, the presence of initial insomnia and its qualitative gradation attributed by the interviewer between mild, moderate, severe and very severe. It was observed that 41.1% of the participants reported pain different from those commonly presented during their lifetime and that the frequency of drug treatment (29.2%) was higher than that of non-medication treatment (21.8%). We observed a higher prevalence of pain in individuals who classified their initial insomnia as severe or very severe and in those who interrupted physical activity during the pandemic. Thus, stimulating physical activity, adjusting sleep, psychological support, personal protective equipment that values safety and comfort and continuing education related to the care of health professionals are essential.


Keywords:
Pain; Health Professionals; COVID-19

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Citation: Isabella Araujo Mota Fernandes., et al. “Pain in Brazilian Healthcare Professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. EC Neurology 13.3 (2021): 53-61.

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