Rapid systematic review of psychological symptoms in health care workers COVID-19

C. Killikelly, L.I.M. Lenferink, H. Xie, A. Maercker

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Background: Worldwide, health care professionals are facing unprecedented stress levels due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: A rapid systematic review of peer-reviewed studies examining psychological symptoms in HCW working during COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. 13,999 participants were included.
Results: After 3408 studies were screened for inclusion, 10 were included in the final analysis. About half of HCW presented with possible PTSD (i.e. scored above a clinical cutoff).
Limitations: An update of the search should be conducted.
Conclusions: These initial studies suggest a high rate of possible PTSD diagnosis in frontline HCW.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-655
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Loss & Trauma
Issue number7
Early online date12 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • COVID-19
  • PTSD
  • Rapid systematic review
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • health care workers (HCW)


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