Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.3078
Title: Physical activity levels and mental health burden of healthcare workers during COVID-19 lockdown
Authors: Kua, Zaylea
Hamzah, Fadzil
Tan, Pei T
Ong, Li J
Tan, Benedict
Huang, Zhongwei 
Keywords: Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychology, Applied
Psychiatry
Psychology
anxiety
depression
mental health
Organizational stress interventions
prevention
physical activity
stress
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS
DEPRESSION
ANXIETY
SINGAPORE
BURNOUT
STRESS
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2021
Publisher: WILEY
Citation: Kua, Zaylea, Hamzah, Fadzil, Tan, Pei T, Ong, Li J, Tan, Benedict, Huang, Zhongwei (2021-07-12). Physical activity levels and mental health burden of healthcare workers during COVID-19 lockdown. STRESS AND HEALTH 38 (1) : 171-179. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.3078
Abstract: The outbreak of COVID-19 has precipitated international lockdown measures to curb disease transmissions. The closure of public activity spaces as well as changes in pandemic workload may disrupt healthcare workers' physical activity and self-care routines. We sought to examine the association between physical activity levels and mental health burden of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 lockdown in Singapore. This cross-sectional study comprised of an multidomain survey that was administered digitally to 707 healthcare workers between 17 May and 18 June 2020. Exercise frequency, duration and intensity of these healthcare workers had reduced significantly during the lockdown compared to pre-lockdown. 25.3%, 37.2%, and 11.9% had screened positive for moderate-to-extremely-severe depression, anxiety and stress respectively. Reductions in exercise duration was a significant risk factor for mild stress and moderate-to-severe depression while increase in exercise frequency was found to be a protective factor against depressed mood. Our study revealed that a short-term reduction in physical activity levels during lockdown was associated with poorer psychological outcomes. Given the protection that exercise confers on depression, physical activity should be promoted at the workplace and at home to support healthcare workers to cope through this protracted health crisis.
Source Title: STRESS AND HEALTH
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/226579
ISSN: 1532-3005
1532-2998
DOI: 10.1002/smi.3078
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