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Health Anxiety Predicts Postponing or Cancelling Routine Medical Health Care Appointments among Women in Perinatal Stage during the Covid-19 Lockdown

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Department of Psychiatry, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak 3848176341, Iran
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Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak 3848176341, Iran
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Student Research Committee, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak 3848176341, Iran
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Research Center for Behavioral Disorders and Substances Abuse, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan 65174, Iran
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Departments of Physical Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
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Sleep Disorders Research Center, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah 67146, Iran
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Center for Affective-, Stress- and Sleep Disorders (ZASS), University of Basel, Psychiatric Clinics (UPK), 4002 Basel, Switzerland
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Division of Sport Science and Psychosocial Health, Department of Sport, Exercise, and Health, University of Basel, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
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Substance Abuse Prevention Research Center, Health, Institute, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah 67146, Iran
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School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 25529, Iran
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8272; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218272
Received: 20 October 2020 / Revised: 3 November 2020 / Accepted: 4 November 2020 / Published: 9 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Women's Health)
To avoid spreading the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), health authorities have forced people to reorganize their working and private lives and to avoid open and public spaces as much as possible. This has also been the case for women both during pregnancy and after delivery. Here, we investigated the associations between subjective beliefs in risk of infections and health anxiety, depression, stress, and other perinatal dimensions. To this end, we assessed 103 women (mean age: 28.57 years) during pregnancy and after delivery. They completed a series of questionnaires covering sociodemographic information, perinatal information, health anxiety, post-partum depression, and stress. Sixty-six participants (64.1%) were in the pre-partum stage, and 37 (35.9%) were post-partum. Health anxiety was unrelated to depression or stress. Knowing and being close to infected people was associated with higher health anxiety. Strict following of the safety recommendations was associated with greater health anxiety, depression, and stress. Postponing or cancelling routine medical check appointments was observed among participants with high health anxiety scores. Higher illness severity, overall health anxiety scores, and lower stress scores predicted those participants who postponed or cancelled their routine medical check appointments. Post-partum stage and a larger number of children were associated with higher stress scores, but not with depression or stress. The results are of practical and clinical importance; it appears that health anxiety, which is to say fear of getting infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy or at the post-partum stage, was associated with postponing or cancelling routine medical check appointments, but not with stress or depression. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; perinatal care; health anxiety; depression; stress; pregnancy COVID-19; perinatal care; health anxiety; depression; stress; pregnancy
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Shayganfard, M.; Mahdavi, F.; Haghighi, M.; Sadeghi Bahmani, D.; Brand, S. Health Anxiety Predicts Postponing or Cancelling Routine Medical Health Care Appointments among Women in Perinatal Stage during the Covid-19 Lockdown. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8272. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218272

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Shayganfard M, Mahdavi F, Haghighi M, Sadeghi Bahmani D, Brand S. Health Anxiety Predicts Postponing or Cancelling Routine Medical Health Care Appointments among Women in Perinatal Stage during the Covid-19 Lockdown. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8272. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218272

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Shayganfard, Mehran; Mahdavi, Fateme; Haghighi, Mohammad; Sadeghi Bahmani, Dena; Brand, Serge. 2020. "Health Anxiety Predicts Postponing or Cancelling Routine Medical Health Care Appointments among Women in Perinatal Stage during the Covid-19 Lockdown" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 21: 8272. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218272

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