ABSTRACT. We draw on a substantial body of theoretical and empirical research on acute depression, moral dilemmas, and illness fears in COVID-19 frontline healthcare providers, and to explore this, we inspected, used, and replicated survey data from Benenden Health, BMA, CVN, GMU/CCCC, Harvard Medical School, ICFJ, IPPR, NNU, Statista, TCDJ/Columbia University, UNC School of Medicine, YouGov, and YPCCC, performing analyses and making estimates regarding how primary care providers in close contact with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients may develop psychiatric symptoms, significant depression, extreme anxiety, and burnout syndrome due to intense workload and increased responsibilities. Descriptive statistics of compiled data from the completed surveys were calculated when appropriate.
JEL codes: H51; H75; I12; I18; D91

Keywords: COVID-19; stress; depression; moral dilemma; illness fear; anxiety

How to cite: Wade, K., and Valaskova, K. (2021). “Acute Depression, Moral Dilemmas, and Illness Fears in COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Providers,” Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management 9(2): 91–104. doi: 10.22381/pihrm9220217.

Received 14 April 2021 • Received in revised form 11 November 2021
Accepted 16 November 2021 • Available online 25 November 2021

Karen Wade
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The Center for Cognitive Technology-driven
Automation at CLI, Ottawa, Canada
(corresponding author)
Katarina Valaskova
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Faculty of Operation and Economics
of Transport and Communications,
Department of Economics,
University of Zilina, Zilina, Slovak Republic

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