Few people have paid attention to community epidemic prevention workers in the postpandemic era of COVID-19. This study aimed to explore the prevalence and risk factors for mental health symptoms in community epidemic prevention workers during the postpandemic era. Mental health status was evaluated by the Patient Health Questionnaire-9, Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7, Chinese Perceived Stress Scale, Insomnia Severity Index, and Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey. The results showed that a considerable proportion of community epidemic prevention workers reported symptoms of depression (39.7%), anxiety (29.5%), high stress (51.1%), insomnia (30.8%), and burnout (53.3%). The prevalence of depression and anxiety in community epidemic prevention workers was higher than in community residents. Among community epidemic prevention workers, short sleep duration was a risk factor for depression, anxiety, high stress and insomnia. Concurrent engagement in work unrelated to epidemic prevention and current use of hypnotics were risk factors for depression, anxiety and insomnia. Our study suggests that during the postpandemic era, the mental health problems of community epidemic prevention workers are more serious than those of community residents. Several variables, such as short sleep duration and concurrent engagement in work unrelated to epidemic prevention, are associated with mental health among community epidemic prevention workers.Copyright © 2021. Published by Elsevier B.V.
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