Table 1

EASE scores on the COVID-19 Acute Stress in Care Scale

Mean (95% CI)SDIt often happens to me (%)I am like this all the time (%)
I can't help but think of recent critical situations. I can't get out of work.1.5 (1.4 to 1.6)1.033.416.4
I have completely lost the taste for things that gave me peace of mind.1.1 (1.0 to 1.2)0.925.58.0
I keep my distance, I resent dealing with people, I'm irascible even at home.1.3 (1.2 to 1.4)1.024.412.8
I feel that I am neglecting many people who need my help.1.0 (0.9 to 1.1)
I have difficulty thinking and making decisions, I have many doubts, I have entered a kind of emotional blockage.1.1 (1.0 to 1.1)
I feel intense physiological reactions (shocks, sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, insomnia, etc) related to the current crisis.1.2 (1.1 to 1.3)1.025.511.2
I feel on permanent alert. I believe that my reactions now put other patients, my colleagues or myself at risk.1.0 (0.9 to 1.1)
Worrying about not getting sick causes me a strain that’s hard to bear.0.9 (0.8 to 1.0)0.916.47.6
I'm afraid I'm going to infect my family.1.5 (1.4 to 1.6)
I have difficulty empathising with patients' suffering or connecting with their situation (emotional distancing, emotional anaesthesia).0.6 (0.5 to 0.7)0.911.75.8
Total score11.1 (10.6 to 11.6)6.723.94.5
Factor 1. Affective response3.6 (3.4 to 3.8)2.4
Factor 2. Fears and anxiety3.8 (3.6 to 4.0)2.5
  • N=685.

  • Scores from 0 to 3 points on each of the items on the scale.

  • Scores from 0 to 30 in total on the scale.

  • Score transformed from 0 to 10 points in factor 1

  • Score transformed from 0 to 10 points in factor 2.

  • Mean difference between factors p=0.2.