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Tork Z, Inanlou M, Haghani S. Investigation of Intolerance of Uncertainty in Covid-19 Pandemic in Nurses working on front lines in Iran University of Medical Sciences Hospitals in 2020. IJN 2023; 37 (145)
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1- Psychiatric Nursing Department, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , torkzahra1@gmail.com
2- Department of Pediatric and Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3- Biostatistics, Nursing Care Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (185 Views)
Background and aim: Nurses working on frontlines of the fight against the prevalence of covid-19 are faced with many stressors, one of the most stressful conditions is the unpredictability of the situation and the seriousness of the risk that may lead to intolerance of uncertainty in them. Reasons such as the unknowingness of the epidemic, the unknown duration of the disease, the uncertainty of contracting the disease without showing any symptoms, but the possibility of transmitting the infection to others and the inability to control the process make the concept of intolerance more important in this period. Nurses with intolerance of uncertainty perceive uncertainty situations of covid-19 pandemic as disturbing and stressful, and they experience severe anxiety and worry. Anxiety in such situations leads to cognitive avoidance or rumination and other non-adaptive strategies related to the problem. Therefore, the present study was conducted to determine the intolerance of uncertainty in the covid-19 epidemic in nurses working in the front line of coronavirus in Iran University of Medical Sciences in 2020.
Method: in this descriptive cross-sectional study, among nurses working in coronavirus wards in educational and medical centers of Iran University of Medical Sciences, 240 nurses, considering the inclusion criteria, were selected by census sampling method and demographic form Freeston intolerance of uncertainty Questionnaire (IUS) were completed. it took approximately 10 To 15 minutes to complete all two questionnaires. Data analysis was performed using SPSS software version 16 in two sections: descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: the mean score of intolerance of uncertainty in the studied units was 62.58 with a standard deviation of 20.36. The stress dimension of uncertainty had the highest mean score of 2.49 with a standard deviation of 0.78 and the inability to perform the action had the lowest mean score of 2.15 with a standard deviation of 0.80. Coronavirus infection was significantly associated with intolerance of uncertainty (P = 0.048).
Conclusion: The results of this study showed that nurses in the uncertainty situation of Covid-19 epidemic had an intolerance of uncertainty so that in the stressful dimension of uncertainty was more uncertainty distress but the amount of stress was not enough to disable them to perform their duties. Examining this index can help planners, health care providers and nurses to use appropriate methods and conduct educational, clinical and research interventions to get out of the cycle of anxiety and uncertainty, change beliefs about uncertainty, reduce negative orientation to problems and anxiety management, to promote the mental health of nurses in the event of an epidemic of Covid-19 disease.
Type of Study: Research | Subject: nursing
Received: 2022/03/3 | Accepted: 2024/02/20 | Published: 2024/02/20

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