1 Mental Health Center Modugno (Bari), Local Healthcare Company Bari, Italy.
Background: To assess the levels of anxiety, depression and insomnia among Italian nurses directly involved in the care of patients with Covid 19, considering the first and the second wave of the pandemic.
Methods: An online questionnaire was administered on some pages of the nursing social networks and addressed precisely to nurses directly involved in the care of patients affected by Covid-19 in two different periods of the pandemic: during the first wave (March 2020 – May 2020) and during the second wave (October 2020 – November 2020).
Results: A total of 592 nurses agreed to participate in the study: 291 nurses during the first wave and 301 during the second wave. No significant differences were recorded among the two groups based on anxiety disorder (p=.364). A significant difference between the two groups was recorded considering the depression and the insomnia condition, too (p <.001; p<.001). Additionally, no significant differences were recorded between the two waves, both for anxiety, depression, and insomnia disorders. In fact, there were only sex-related differences for each wave, but between the two waves, the condition among nurses did not vary significantly.
Conclusion: Further psychological support should be implemented and nurses encouraged in their care of patients suffering from Covid-19.
Please cite this article as: Vitale, E. (2021). ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND INSOMNIA CONDITIONS IN ITALIAN NURSES DURING THE FIRST AND THE SECOND WAVES OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 21(1).
Published online: 2021/03/01
Published print: 2021/03/01
Keywords: Anxiety, Covid-19, Pandemic, Depression, Insomnia, Nurse