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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 708-715

Prevalence of depressive symptoms among healthcare providers in Shibin El-Kom city in Menoufia governorate


1 Department of Neuropsychiatric, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
3 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University; El-May Healthcare Center, Shibin El-Kom Health Administration, Menoufia, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Samah M. I. El-Halawany
El-May Healthcare Center, Shibin El-Kom Health Administration Shibin El-Kom, Menoufia
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_85_17

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Objective The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of depressive symptoms among healthcare providers in Shibin El-Kom city in Menoufia governorate and to identify the risk factors among the healthcare providers. Background Depression is common in medical students and residents; physicians have a rate of depression similar to that in the population. Poor mental health among nurses and doctors hinder professional performance and lowers the quality of the care provided by them. Patient and methods This was cross-sectional study which was conducted in Shibin El-Kom city including all doctors and nurses at teaching hospitals in Shibin El-Kom and Shibin El-Kom primary healthcare center (PHCC). The total number of doctors were 961 and nurses were 685. Socioeconomic Scale and Patient Health Questionnaire 9 were collected. Results The prevalence of depressive symptoms among all participants of the PHCC (71.4%) was higher than tertiary healthcare hospital (THCH) (59%). The prevalence of depressive symptoms among the doctors of the PHCC (73.8%) was higher than THCH (58.8%), and the prevalence among nurses of the PHCC (68.6%) was higher than THCH (45.4%). Conclusion The prevalence of depressive symptoms was high among healthcare providers; to face this problem, there should be programs aiming at improving the mental health of healthcare provider's. Such programs should focus on the optimal financial, social, practical, and healthy lifestyle needed for better human health.


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