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Abstract: PO0865

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Health Workers Treating Patients with Kidney Diseases in Latin America (LA): Analysis from GlomCon Latin America Working Group (LGlomCon)

Session Information

Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • No subcategory defined

Authors

  • Rodriguez Ramirez, Sonia, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Cabeza Rivera, Franco H., University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, United States
  • Gutierrez-Prieto, Julio Alejandro, Hospital Central del Estado de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Soto-Vargas, Javier, Hospital General Regional 46, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Martinez-Chagolla, Blanca, Hospital General “Dr. Miguel Silva”, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
  • Arellano-Mendez, Denisse, Unidad Medica de Atencion Ambulatoria 254, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
  • Aguirre, Diana, Hospital General de Mexicali, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
  • Garcia Anton, Desiree, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, United States
  • Avila-Casado, Carmen, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Group or Team Name

  • GlomCon Latin America Working Group (LGlomCon)
Background

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic into LA countries where health systems were already facing major limitations might further challenge their physician's emotional and mental wellbeing. We aimed to describe the perception of health workers managing kidney diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods

Descriptive analysis extracted from an online survey carried out among nephrologists, renal pathologists, and other health workers treating kidney diseases between May 20-27, 2020 from sixteen Spanish speaking Latin American countries divided into 6 categories. We present the results for the mental health category.

Results

430 responses were obtained of which 360 (84%) were considered for analysis. The participants were mainly nephrologists 276 (86%), renal pathologists 13 (4%), and physicians in training 11 (3%). Ages ranged between 30-49 years old in 271 (75%), mostly working on tertiary centers 258 (71%). 329 (90%) participated in inpatient care. 277 (86%) considered that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health. Prevailing symptoms were anxiety, insomnia, and depression, with 75.2%, 42.5%, and 18.2%, respectively. Physical or verbal violence from the community was reported by 18 (5%) of the participants because they were seen as a source of viral transmission. 179 (55%) considered personal protective equipment (PPE) was sufficiently provided and 275 (79%) had to invest up to 20% of their income to obtain PPE. In addition, 144 (44%) of the respondents reported a shortage of COVID-19 tests and only 99 (30%) felt their hospital was well equipped to care for COVID-19 patients. 126 (39%) of the health workers responded that they received adequate training, while 105 (32%) endorsed they did not feel prepared in the management of patients with COVID-19.

Conclusion

This survey reveals the considerable impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is generating among physicians treating patients with kidney diseases in LA. Possible aggravating factors also found in our survey included lack of testing, PPE availability, and overall hospital preparedness.

Funding

  • Private Foundation Support