Introduction: Most physiotherapy treatments need direct contact with patients. It could predispose physical therapists to the transmission of infection. The purpose of the study was to investigate the depression, anxiety, and stress of physical therapists during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Method: A cross-sectional, web-based survey was applied during the pandemic. The survey was completed by 135 physical therapists that were working in Iran. The Depression-anxiety and stress scale 21 (DASS-21) was used to evaluate their depression, anxiety and stress status. A multiple regression analysis was used to identify the demographic characteristics factor related to depression, anxiety or stress.
Results: The results showed that 43.7%, 43.8%, and 54.8% of physical therapists had severe and very severe levels of depression, anxiety and, stress respectively. In additions, female physical therapists had higher level of depression, anxiety, and stress. The level of anxiety was higher in physical therapists who were working in hospital and those who had more work experience.
Conclusion: Our findings indicated that COVID-19 resulted in high levels of depression, anxiety and stress in Iranian physical therapists. Therefore, the mental health of physical therapists should be regularly monitored and the proper support and training of coping strategies should be provided for them.