Features of Anesthesiologists-Reanimatologists’ Emotional States in Different COVID-19 Pandemic Periods in Russia
Maria KOREHOVAContact / Kontakt / Kapcsolat, Mikhail KIROV, Irina NOVIKOVA, Andrey SOLOVIEV & Elena GOLUBEVA
EJMH Vol 17 Issue 2 (2022) 79-88; https://doi.org/10.5708/EJMH.17.2022.2.9
Received: 2021. 06. 06.; Accepted: 2022. 02. 05.; Online date: 2022. 10. 18.
Section: Research Article - Short Communication
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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most stressful events in recent times. Medical professionals, including anesthesiologists-reanimatologists, suffered the main blow in this difficult and stressful environment.

Aims: This study aimed at identifying the features of anesthesiologists-reanimatologists’ emotional states in different COVID-19 pandemic periods.

Methods: The study was conducted through an anonymous questionnaire among anesthesiologists-reanimatologists in two periods. In the First stage – which was carried out in May 2020 (during the first COVID-19 pan¬demic wave) – 58 anesthesiologists-reanimatologists in the Arkhangelsk region took part. During the Second segment – which took place in October 2020 (in the second COVID-19 pandemic wave) – 43 anesthesiologists-reanimatologists were examined. Repeated questioning was carried out among the same participants.

Results: In October 2020, compared to May, the number of doctors who noted a high intensity of professional activity increased. Regardless of the study period, one-third of the subjects experienced constant pronounced anxiety. Anesthesiologists-reanimatologists, whose professional activity was directly related to the patients in COVID-19 care, noted a poorer emo¬tional state more frequently in October, accompanied by anxiety, depressed mood, irritability and a high burnout level, which may indicate a depletion of internal resources in this group.

Conclusions: The study results showed that for anesthesiologists-reanimatologists, a further depletion of emotional resources accompanied the second pandemic wave. The anesthesiologists-reanimatologists’ emotional state was mediated by a number of social and gender factors, as well as specific labor organization features.


COVID-19 pandemic, anesthesiologists-reanimatologists, mental health, emotional state, anxiety

Corresponding author


Department of Psychology, Higher School of Pedagogy, Psychology and Physical Culture, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V.Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia




Mikhail KIROV: Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk, Russia. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4375-3374

Irina NOVIKOVA: Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk, Russia. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3437-5877

Andrey SOLOVIEV: Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk, Russia. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0350-1359

Elena GOLUBEVA: Department of Social Work and Social Security, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4791-258X

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