Document Type : Research articles

Authors

1 Associate Professor, PhD. Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Midwifery Çağış, Campus Balikesir University, Balikesir, Turkey

2 Ph.D, Prof Dr, Head of Department Midwifery Eski?ehir Osmangazi University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Midwifery

3 Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Amasya University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Midwifery

4 Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Near East University School of Health Sciences Department of Midwifery, Nicosia / Cyprus

5 Midwife, PhD. Bigadiç Devlet Hastanesi Bigadiç Devlet Hastanesi, Balikesir, Turkey

6 Midwife, Msc. Departman of Delivery Department, Izmir Health Scıences University Tepecik Educatıon & Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

7 Msc Student in Midwifery, Ankara University, Inst?tute of Education Science, Department of Life Learning and Adult Education, Ankara, Turkiye

Abstract

Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic, health professionals have experienced a variety of mental health challenges. Studies on the anxiety levels of Turkish midwives during the pandemic are limited. The present research aimed to describe the anxiety levels of midwives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted using a web-based basis between 08-29 June 2020. The sample of the study consisted of 606 midwives. The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) scale was used to measure the midwives' anxiety.
Results: The mean general anxiety disorder score of the participants in the study was found to be 7.88 ± 5.36. It was observed that 259 (42.7%) showed symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Key risk factors; the state of midwives experiencing anxiety disorder symptoms increases 12.182 times in individuals with a family at risk of COVID-19, and 5.458 times in cases where working hours are 45 hours or more per week (P<0.05).
Coclusion: Based on the findings of the present research, symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder were observed in nearly half of the midwives. Major reasons for anxiety among midwives included having family members in the COVID-19 risk group that they were responsible for and working over standard working hours. Midwives should be protected from the risk of contamination and provided with adequate personal protective equipment, working hours should be improved, and personal empowerment programs should be offered to support them in coping with anxiety.

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