ABSTRACT. This article presents an empirical study carried out to evaluate and analyze COVID-19 pandemic-related emotional anxiety, perceived risk of infection, and acute depression among primary care providers. Building our argument by drawing on data collected from ACEP, ACHA, Bain & Company, BMA, CDC, Ginger, GWI, HMN, MHA, Morning Consult, Pew Research Center, PHW, and Statista, we performed analyses and made estimates regarding how the COVID-19 crisis emergency has resulted in distressing job conditions for frontline medical workers in terms of increased anxiety symptoms, sustained psychological distress, emotional exhaustion, clinically significant depression, and perceived risk of infection, configuring cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Data collected from 5,700 respondents are tested against the research model. Descriptive statistics of compiled data from the completed surveys were calculated when appropriate.
JEL codes: H51; H75; I12; I18; D91

Keywords: COVID-19; emotional anxiety; perceived risk of infection; acute depression

How to cite: Cohen, S., and Nica, E. (2021). “COVID-19 Pandemic-related Emotional Anxiety, Perceived Risk of Infection, and Acute Depression among Primary Care Providers,” Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management 9(2): 7–20. doi: 10.22381/pihrm9220211.

Received 19 April 2021 • Received in revised form 9 November 2021
Accepted 12 November 2021 • Available online 25 November 2021

Sarah Cohen
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The Cognitive Computing Technologies
Research Unit at AAER, Glasgow, Scotland
(corresponding author)
Elvira Nica
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The Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies
at AAER, New York City, NY, USA;
The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

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