Süleyman ÖZSARI

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Purpose:It is known that because of the pandemic, the psychosocial conditions of health workers have been affected and this carry the risk of increasing COVID-19-related mortality and morbidity by obstructing effective contact tracing. Purpose this study to determine anxiety disorders which may occur in primary contact tracers and family health center workers, and to determine their perceptions of institutional support and support from their coworkers. Results:It was found that 56.1% of participants had anxiety, 44.2% insomnia, 43.6% a low perception of organizational support, and 37.5% a lack of support from coworkers. Females and those with chronic illnesses had high levels of anxiety and insomnia and low perceptions of support from coworkers. Insomnia severity in contact tracers was high, and their support from coworkers was low. There was a positive correlation between anxiety and insomnia, and a negative correlation between organizational support and support from coworkers. It was shown in our study that sleep problems and a reduction in team and institution support increased anxiety, and reduced the team cohesion of field workers and trust in the institution. Because contact tracing is preformed independent of time, an increase in the frequency of contacts may cause anxiety and insomnia. High anxiety in females may be a result of a perception of low support from coworkers. Conclusion:Plans should be made to increase the effectiveness of training and support given to primary healthcare workers, and to operate speaking and reward mechanisms to increase motivation. For this the organizational strength of primary health care providers should be increased.