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World J Psychiatr. Jul 19, 2021; 11(7): 337-346
Published online Jul 19, 2021. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v11.i7.337
Psychological and mental health impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers in China: A review
Carla Zi Cai, Yu-Lan Lin, Zhi-Jian Hu, Li Ping Wong
Carla Zi Cai, Yu-Lan Lin, Zhi-Jian Hu, Department of Epidemiology and Heath Statistics, School of Public Health, Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou 350122, Fujian Province, China
Li Ping Wong, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
Author contributions: Cai CZ drafted the manuscript; Lin YL, Hu ZJ, and Wong LP reviewed and finalized the manuscript; all authors have read and approved the final manuscript.
Supported by the Pilot Project of the Fujian Provincial Department of Science and Technology, No. 2020Y0005.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare no conflict of interest for this article.
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Corresponding author: Li Ping Wong, MSc, PhD, Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Jalan Universiti, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia.
Received: February 8, 2021
Peer-review started: February 8, 2021
First decision: May 5, 2021
Revised: May 13, 2021
Accepted: June 23, 2021
Article in press: June 23, 2021
Published online: July 19, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: Much has been investigated surrounding the issue of anxiety, depression, and stress during the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic among the healthcare workers in China. Nonetheless, the consequences of psychological and mental distress on healthcare workers’ physical health, general well-being, family relationships, job satisfaction, and anticipated turnover are not well studied. We herein discuss the multi-faceted consequences of psychological and mental health on healthcare workers in China during the COVID-19 pandemic. This review also highlights the important areas overlooked in research and mental health policies.