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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 187-190

The impact of working in a COVID hospital on sexual functioning in male nurses: A study from North India


1 Department of Neurology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
3 Department of Nursing, GMCH, Chandigarh, India
4 Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
5 Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Dr. Shubh Mohan Singh
Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_55_21

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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has spread to almost all the countries and regions in the world. The fear of getting infected while serving COVID patients and the stress due to separation from family during the quarantine period may impact over sexual functioning of healthcare workers (HCWs). Methodology: The study protocol was approved by the institutional ethics committee. This was a nonfunded, cross-sectional, observational study. All participants provided written informed consent. This study was carried out in a multispecialty tertiary teaching hospital in North India. The participants were drawn from married and living with partner male nurses. Sexual functioning was assessed using the changes in sexual functioning questionnaire short-form (CSFQ-14). Results: The study found that the prevalence of global sexual dysfunction was significantly higher in male nurses who had completed their rotations in the COVID hospital when compared to those who had not. There were no statistically significant differences between the groups on sociodemographic profiles and the profile of their spouses. Discussion: HCWs working in COVID situations are known to suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety. This may impact the sexual functioning of the HCWs, especially when they have been in an infectious environment and the marital dyad may have doubts of the transmission of the infection. Conclusion: Male nurses who have worked in a COVID care setting are likely to report higher levels of sexual dysfunction


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