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The Anatolian Journal of Family Medicine Changes to Domestic and Family Life of Health Personnel During The Covid-19 pandemic [anatol j fm]
anatol j fm. Ahead of Print: ANATOLJFM-44366 | DOI: 10.5505/anatoljfm.2021.44366

Changes to Domestic and Family Life of Health Personnel During The Covid-19 pandemic

Celali Kurt, ARZU ALTUNÇEKİÇ YILDIRIM
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ordu

INTRODUCTION: Health personnel have experienced many difficulties in the struggle with the 2019 Coronavirus disease (Covid-19). They have experienced problems apart from work life and been forced to make sacrifices. In this study, the aim was to determine how many health personnel stayed away from home, procedures performed on entry to their homes, personal isolation methods used in the home and degree and frequency of avoiding physical contact with family members.
METHODS: Health personnel were reached in the electronic environment through social networks and communication applications and completed a survey containing 16 multiple choice questions from 9 May 2020 to 15 May 2020.
RESULTS: A total of 2050 people participated in the study. Of participants, 591 were doctors (28.8%), 903 were nurses (44%) and 556 were other groups of health personnel (27.1%). Of the 2013 responses, 126 stayed elsewhere continuously (6.3%), 198 sometimes stayed at home (9.8%). Of 1993 responses, 767 did not apply any isolation at home (38.5%), while 827 continuously isolated (41.5%). Eight hundred and forty participants (43.4% of 1937 responses) continuously avoiding hugging or kissing their partner and/or children. Of 2017 responses, 78 stated they or at least one of their family members developed Covid-19 disease (3.9%).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: We should be more aware of the difficulties experienced by health personnel outside of work life. The procedures outside of work life for personnel with duties during the pandemic should be debated. Health management should provide more support for health employees about these topics and guide the determined procedures.

Keywords: Health personnel, Covid-19, family life.



Corresponding Author: Celali Kurt, Türkiye
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