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GIMENEZ, Luis et al. Experiences of health personnel during the health emergency in Uruguay. Anfamed [online]. 2023, vol.10, n.2, e203.  Epub Dec 01, 2023. ISSN 2301-1254.

The COVID-19 health emergency impacted health workers, revealing: subjective discomfort and high rates of anxiety and depression. The objective of this work is to analyze the experiences of health workers during the pandemic. It was carried out from the analysis of the answers obtained in the open question of the self-administered form of the Héroes Uruguay project. The target population was the staff of the health services integrated into the National Integrated Health System at the three levels of care. The responses were grouped and categorized based on recurring themes. The working conditions category was the most mentioned theme, followed by work organization and experiences. We carry out another categorization of the subjective senses during the pandemic, nine categories are the most frequent, with 86% of the subjective senses: anxiety and stress, fear, tiredness, lack of social support and overload are the most mentioned. The results show that most of the answers refer to the conditions and organization of work, these are key dimensions in the worker's health, in his environment, and in the patient assisted and his family. This study allows us to affirm the importance at the organizational and health policy level of generating safe and healthy work environments. The health emergency generated by COVID 19 exposed and exacerbated the tension in health systems and its impact on the health and well-being of personnel.

Keywords : covid-19; impact; mental health; health personnel; subjective experiences.

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