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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 313

Skin damage and quality of life among healthcare workers providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multicenter survey in Banten Province, Indonesia

1 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Pelita Harapan University, Banten, Indonesia
2 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Pelita Harapan University, Banten, Indonesia

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DOI: 10.4103/ijd.ijd_645_21

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Background: Since the occurrence of the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic, healthcare workers (HCWs) have been strictly adhering to infection control practices within healthcare facilities. However, regular use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand hygiene have led to increased prevalence of skin damage, subsequently impacting the quality of life (QoL). Objective: To analyse the connection between skin damage and the QoL among HCWs in a multicenter setting in Indonesia. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among HCWs working in hospitals in Banten Province, Indonesia. The data was obtained using a reliable self-reported questionnaire (Cronbach α 0.765) and a validated Indonesian version of the Dermatology Life Quality Index. Results: A total of 113 respondents (56.5%) who experienced at least one self-perceived PPE-related skin damage and had worn PPE of any level within the last 7 days were analysed. The mean age ± SD of respondents was 26.09 ± 6.22 years old, while the mean DLQI score ± SD was 5.46 ± 4.88, with a median of 4.0 (range, 0-24). The regression model showed that the level of PPE used (P < 0.05) to be a significant risk factor. Conclusions: Skin damage due to PPE affects HCWs physically and emotionally. It is crucial to recognise its impact on life and reinforce awareness, prevention, and treatment of skin damage. Dermatologist referral and intervention should be considered for optimum management.

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