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Assessment of the Anxiety Level of Andalusian Podiatrists during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Increase Phase

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Hospital Virgen del Rocío, Unidad de Anestesiología y Reanimación, Servicio Andaluz de Salud, Av. Manuel Siurot, SN., 41013 Seville, Spain
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Faculty of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Podology, Universidad de Sevilla, C/Avenzoar 6, 41009 Seville, Spain
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Spanish Red Cross Nursing School, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain, Avda de la Cruz Roja, n° 1 Dpdo, 41009 Sevilla, Spain
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Healthcare 2020, 8(4), 432; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040432
Received: 21 September 2020 / Revised: 18 October 2020 / Accepted: 23 October 2020 / Published: 26 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges Facing the Health System)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by SARS-CoV-2 and represents the causative agent of a potentially fatal disease that is of great global public health concern. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease produced by the coronavirus family. The World Health Organization declared the disease a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Podiatrists are in a peculiar situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: that of a health professional aspect and the singularity that most of them practise as self-employed workers. The aim of the study is to evaluate in a group of podiatrists, working at a national level, their knowledge, perception and degree of anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic via the use of a questionnaire specifically developed to this end in the initial phase of the pandemic. We employed a transversal descriptive study with 302 participants, with a purposive sampling technique. The degree of perception and knowledge of the podiatrists about COVID-19 was analysed as well as the cognitive impact of the situation of confinement. The results showed that the podiatrists perceive this situation as serious at the economic and health level, that they have a thorough knowledge of the disease and that they are in a moderate to severe percentile of anxiety. Additionally, 76.2% cancelled their usual work. The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively perceived by this group of podiatrists at the personal, professional, health and economic level, with even a state of anxiety being produced. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS virus; pandemic; anxiety; psychological COVID-19; SARS virus; pandemic; anxiety; psychological
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Vilar-Palomo, S.; Pabón-Carrasco, M.; Gonzalez-Elena, M.L.; Ramírez-Baena, L.; Rodríguez-Gallego, I.; Castro-Méndez, A. Assessment of the Anxiety Level of Andalusian Podiatrists during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Increase Phase. Healthcare 2020, 8, 432. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040432

AMA Style

Vilar-Palomo S, Pabón-Carrasco M, Gonzalez-Elena ML, Ramírez-Baena L, Rodríguez-Gallego I, Castro-Méndez A. Assessment of the Anxiety Level of Andalusian Podiatrists during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Increase Phase. Healthcare. 2020; 8(4):432. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040432

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Vilar-Palomo, Samuel; Pabón-Carrasco, Manuel; Gonzalez-Elena, María L.; Ramírez-Baena, Lucia; Rodríguez-Gallego, Isabel; Castro-Méndez, Aurora. 2020. "Assessment of the Anxiety Level of Andalusian Podiatrists during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Increase Phase" Healthcare 8, no. 4: 432. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040432

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