ABSTRACT. We develop a conceptual framework based on a systematic and comprehensive literature review on stress-related psychiatric disorders, clinically significant depression, and elevated anxiety symptoms among medical personnel providing care to COVID-19 patients. Building our argument by drawing on data collected from Active Minds, BMA, Ginger, GWI, IASC, ICF, IPPR, KFF, Pew Research Center, Statista, Viamo, and YouGov, we performed analyses and made estimates regarding how excessive workload, reduced availability of personal protective equipment, inadequate professional support, and perceived risk of contracting COVID-19 and transmitting the virus to the loved ones may lead to developing stress-related psychiatric disorders, burnout syndrome, elevated anxiety symptoms, and clinically significant depression among medical personnel. The data for this research were gathered via an online survey questionnaire. Descriptive statistics of compiled data from the completed surveys were calculated when appropriate.
JEL codes: H51; H75; I12; I18; D91

Keywords: COVID-19; psychiatric disorder; depression; anxiety; stress; burnout

How to cite: Adams, D., and Grupac, M. (2021). “Stress-related Psychiatric Disorders, Clinically Significant Depression, and Elevated Anxiety Symptoms among Medical Personnel Providing Care to COVID-19 Patients,” Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management 9(2): 133–146. doi: 10.22381/pihrm92202110.

Received 28 April 2021 • Received in revised form 17 November 2021
Accepted 20 November 2021 • Available online 25 November 2021

Donald Adams
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The Cognitive Labor Institute,
New York City, NY, USA
(corresponding author)
Marian Grupac
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Faculty of Humanities,
Department of Mediamatics and Cultural Heritage,
University of Zilina, Zilina, Slovak Republic

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