What is it about?

This study focuses on examining the social impact experienced by health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those working in Gandaki Province, Nepal. It explores how the pandemic has affected their relationships with family, friends, relatives, and community members. Additionally, the research investigates the prevalence of depression among these health professionals and identifies factors associated with their depression status. Through a mixed-method approach involving a cross-sectional online survey and in-depth interviews, the study aims to provide insights into the social and mental health aspects of health professionals amidst the pandemic.

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Why is it important?

This research is significant as it sheds light on the challenges faced by frontline health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as attacks, stigmatization, and discrimination, which can impact their social relations and mental well-being. By highlighting the social impact experienced by health professionals and its association with depression, the study underscores the importance of addressing not only the physical but also the mental health needs of these vital workers. Understanding the factors contributing to depression among health professionals can inform interventions and support systems aimed at enhancing their mental health and well-being during challenging times like the pandemic. Thus, the findings of this study have implications for healthcare organizations, policymakers, and other stakeholders in developing strategies to support the social and mental health needs of frontline health workers.


This study noted that there is a significant impact of COVID-19 on health professionals in terms of their social and mental health aspects. The social impact experienced by health professionals is an important predictor of their mental health. The mental health and well-being of these vital workforces can be enhanced by focusing on the social aspect during the pandemic

Shishir Paudel
Pokhara University

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This page is a summary of: Social and mental health impact of COVID-19 pandemic among health professionals of Gandaki Province, Nepal: A mixed method study, PLoS ONE, April 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0283948.
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