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Mental Health Well-Being and Attitudes on Mental Health Disorders among Family Physicians during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Connection with Resilience and Healthy Lifestyle

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Department of Family Medicine, University of Split School of Medicine, 21000 Split, Croatia
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Department of Family Medicine, Split-Dalmatia Health Center, 21000 Split, Croatia
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Department of Pathophysiology, University of Split School of Medicine, 21000 Split, Croatia
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Department of Pharmacy, University of Split School of Medicine, 21000 Split, Croatia
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Academic Editor: Michele Roccella
J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11(2), 438; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11020438
Received: 5 December 2021 / Revised: 12 January 2022 / Accepted: 13 January 2022 / Published: 15 January 2022
Family physicians (FPs) are exposed to high amounts of stress, and could be susceptible to the development of mental health disorders (MHD), especially after the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the current study was to assess MHD history, attitudes toward MHDs and stress-coping strategies in FPs. An additional goal was to estimate their comprehensive well-being and investigate connections with resilience and a healthy lifestyle. A total of 483 FPs submitted their responses via online survey. MHD attitudes were assessed with the according questionnaires, while burnout levels, healthy lifestyle, resilience, job and life satisfaction were estimated with validated scales. Results have shown that 32.5% of FPs disclosed positive MHD history, while 68.7% used professional help. Resilience and healthy lifestyle levels were significantly higher in MHD negative FPs (p < 0.001), while burnout levels were lower (p < 0.001). Moreover, healthy lifestyle (β = 0.03, p < 0.001) was an independent correlate of resilience, while healthy lifestyle (β = −0.35, p < 0.001, and resilience (β = −1.82, p < 0.001) were of burnout levels. Finally, resilience (OR = 0.387, p < 0.001) and healthy lifestyle (OR = 0.970, p = 0.021) were shown as independent predictors of positive MHD history status. Strong promotion and education of FP population regarding resilience and healthy lifestyle should be utilized in practice in order to alleviate the possibility of mental health disturbances and the according consequences. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; mental health; help-seeking; family physician; primary care; resilience; healthy lifestyle COVID-19; mental health; help-seeking; family physician; primary care; resilience; healthy lifestyle
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Vilovic, T.; Bozic, J.; Zuzic Furlan, S.; Vilovic, M.; Kumric, M.; Martinovic, D.; Rusic, D.; Rada, M.; Tomicic, M. Mental Health Well-Being and Attitudes on Mental Health Disorders among Family Physicians during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Connection with Resilience and Healthy Lifestyle. J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11, 438. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11020438

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Vilovic T, Bozic J, Zuzic Furlan S, Vilovic M, Kumric M, Martinovic D, Rusic D, Rada M, Tomicic M. Mental Health Well-Being and Attitudes on Mental Health Disorders among Family Physicians during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Connection with Resilience and Healthy Lifestyle. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2022; 11(2):438. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11020438

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Vilovic, Tina, Josko Bozic, Sanja Zuzic Furlan, Marino Vilovic, Marko Kumric, Dinko Martinovic, Doris Rusic, Marko Rada, and Marion Tomicic. 2022. "Mental Health Well-Being and Attitudes on Mental Health Disorders among Family Physicians during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Connection with Resilience and Healthy Lifestyle" Journal of Clinical Medicine 11, no. 2: 438. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11020438

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