What is it about?

Somatic burden has become one of the most common psychological reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. We surveyed 10,205 Russians to examine the prevalence of somatic burden, latent profiles, and associated factors of somatic symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Why is it important?

Over one-third (37%) of the Russians reported being somatised. We selected the three-latent profile solution with high somatic burden profile (16%), medium somatic burden profile (37%), and low somatic burden profile (47%). The associated factors of greater somatic burden were female gender, lower education, history of COVID-19 disease, refusing vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 infection, poorer self-rated health, greater fear of COVID-19 pandemic, and living in regions with higher excess mortality.


This study contributes to knowledge about the prevalence, latent profiles, and associated factors of somatic burden during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be useful to researchers in psychosomatic medicine and practitioners in the health care system.

Alena Zolotareva
HSE University

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This page is a summary of: Somatic burden in Russia during the COVID-19 pandemic, PLoS ONE, March 2023, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0282345.
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