The Impact of Physicians' COVID-19 Pandemic Occupational Experiences on Mental Health

Rebecca M. Schwartz, Molly McCann-Pineo, Mayer Bellehsen, Vansha Singh, Prashant Malhotra, Rehana Rasul, Samantha S. Corley, Sophia Jan, Nidhi Parashar, Sonia George, Andrew C. Yacht, John Q. Young

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Objective:To examine the association between a number of negative COVID-19 occupational experiences and probable anxiety, depression, and PTSD among physicians.Methods:Cross-sectional examination of longitudinal registry data consisting of physician personal and occupational well-being. Multivariable logistic regressions were performed to determine the association between negative COVID-19 experiences and outcomes.Results:Of the 620 eligible physicians, approximately half were female (49%), and 71% white with a mean age of 46.51 (SD = 13.28). A one-point increase in negative experience score was associated with a 23% increase in probable anxiety (OR = 1.23, 95% CI: 1.14-1.34), a 23% increase in probable depression (OR = 1.23, 95% CI: 1.13-1.33), and a 41% increase in probable PTSD (OR = 1.41, 95% CI: 1.30-1.52).Conclusions:Negative pandemic experiences were strongly associated with adverse mental health outcomes while greater resilience was protective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • physicians
  • posttraumatic stress disorder


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