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The Experience of Oncology Healthcare Providers in the Central Italy during the COVID-19 Lockdown

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Phase I Studies and Precision Medicine Unit, IRCCS Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, 00144 Rome, Italy
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Psyconcology Unit, IRCCS Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, 00144 Rome, Italy
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Istituto Neurotraumatologico Italiano (INI), Grottaferrata, 00046 Rome, Italy
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Medical Oncology, San Giovanni Calibita Fatebenefratelli Hospital, 00100 Rome, Italy
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Medical Oncology, Brelcolle Hospital, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Medical Oncology, University Campus Biomedico, 00100 Rome, Italy
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Comprehensive Cancer Center, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 00100 Rome, Italy
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Medical Oncology, Regina Apostolorum Hospital, Albano Laziale, 00041 Rome, Italy
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Medical Oncology, G. Paolo II P.O. Vito Fazzi, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Psiconcology Service, IRCCS Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, 00144 Rome, Italy
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Polistudium SRL, 20135 Milan, Italy
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Medical Oncology 1, IRCCS Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, 00144 Rome, Italy
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Department of Clinical and Molecolar Medicine, Sapienza University, 00100 Rome, Italy
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Scientific Direction, IRCCS Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, 00144 Rome, Italy
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Cancers 2020, 12(10), 3031; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers12103031
Received: 21 August 2020 / Revised: 2 October 2020 / Accepted: 13 October 2020 / Published: 18 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Impact of COVID-19 Infection in Cancer)
Few data in the literature are available about the psychological impact of COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare providers in Italy, especially with regards to different regions. In the present work, the “VIRARE” survey was addressed to all the healthcare providers in the Lazio region and, in particular, to those working in the oncology field. Healthcare providers’ opinions on the impact and on the management of the pandemic have been analyzed, to provide an exhaustive overview about the level of their experienced psychological distress.
While the emotional response of healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extensively investigated in countries in the Far-East, little is known about the psychological impact and the associated emotional distress of healthcare providers in Italy, especially with regard to different regions. The aim of the “VIRARE” survey, which was addressed to all the healthcare providers in the Lazio region (central Italy) and, in particular, to those working in the oncology field, is to analyze their opinion on the impact and management of the pandemic, to better understand the level of their psychological distress. A global good psychological response of healthcare providers to the pandemic has emerged, independently from their different occupations in the oncology field. Healthcare providers show a high degree of resilience, identifying the major causes of distress the difficulty of the management of this situation, the obstacles in their working activity and expressing a high degree of dissatisfaction with how Italian institutions handled this situation. This survey also provides a direct comparison between COVID-19-infected (or directly in contact with COVID-19-infected patients) and uninfected healthcare providers, identifying the sub-category of infected professionals that reported signs of depression as particularly vulnerable. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; survey; emotional distress; healthcare providers COVID-19; survey; emotional distress; healthcare providers
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Fabi, A.; Pugliese, P.; Falbo, P.T.; Corsi, D.; Fabbri, M.A.; Vincenzi, B.; Bria, E.; Angelini, F.; Bonucci, A.; Pellegrino, A.; Falcicchio, C.; Caruso, A.; Giacomelli, L.; Mirisola, V.; Papa, S.; Cognetti, F.; Ciliberto, G.; Perrone, M. The Experience of Oncology Healthcare Providers in the Central Italy during the COVID-19 Lockdown. Cancers 2020, 12, 3031.

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