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SCORTEGAGNA, Silvana Alba; LIMAI, Eduardo dos S. de; PASIAN, Sonia Regina  and  AMPAROIII, Deise M. do. Mental health in health professionals facing Covid-19: a systematic review. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2021, vol.23, n.1, pp. 1-23. ISSN 1516-3687.

The objective was to systemically review the scientific literature findings on mental health indicators of health professionals engaged in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. The review followed the PRISMA guideline recommendations, including articles published on this theme, excluding comments, editorials, and literature review articles. Twenty-eight articles were investigated concerning their country of origin, participants, methods used, mental health indicators (symptoms described), and main conclusions. There was great variation in the methodological strategies used in the studies (number of participants and instruments). However, the findings consistently appointed relevant alterations in recurring symptoms of anxiety, depression, and sleep changes in health professionals at the frontline in the fight against the pandemic. Interventions through online conversation groups conducted by mental health professionals could help combat the pandemic's effects concerning the development of emotional problems.

Keywords : health professionals; Covid-19; mental health; anxiety disorders; depression.

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