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PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY FAMILY PHYSICIANS IN SIVAS DURING THE PANDEMIC PERIOD AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH COVID 19 FEAR
SEHER KARAHAN, EZGİ AGADAYİ, IRFAN GAZİ YİLMAZ
Eurasian Journal of Family Medicine - 2021;10(2):74-83
Departmant of Medical Education, Sivas Cumhuriyet University School of Medicine, Sivas, Turkey

Aim: To determine the COVID 19 fear level of family physicians during the pandemic working in Sivas and its relationship to their experienced problems. Methods: This descriptive study was delivered to 225 family physicians in Sivas between December January 2021 via an online survey containing 24 questions of participants’ sociodemographic data, the problems they experienced in family medicine, and the COVID 19 Fear Scale. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression analysis were used to analyze the data. Results: A total of 138 family physicians whose mean age was 37.6±7.3, with 52.2% males and 47.8% females, included. Participants’ 16.7% had the COVID 19 infection. COVID 19 Fear Scale mean score of 18.3±6.5, appearing significantly higher in females (19.6±5.8) than in males (17.2±6.9). 28.3% of subjects needed taking professional psychological support, on which increase of working period in family medicine and COVID 19 Fear Scale Score and being single had a positive effect. Also, 86.2% experienced primary health care services problems, most frequently ranked as cancer screening, mobile service, and chronic illness follow up. Conclusion: Necessary psychosocial support should be provided to all healthcare workers, especially family physicians, during the pandemic. So, we recommend authorities take proper precautions to continue without interruption for primary preventive health services.

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