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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-20

Perceived Stress Among Medical Students and Doctors in India During COVID-19 Pandemic

1 Maulana Azad Medical College and associated Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Paediatrics, Maulana Azad Medical College and associated Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College and associated Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anurag Mishra
Professor, Department of Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_17_21

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Objective: The present study was undertaken to assess the perceived stress levels in medical students and doctors in India during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Various studies have been done to assess the perceived stress levels among medical professionals and other associated health care workers, but no significant study has been done among medical students. This study is done with a special emphasis on the latter. Methods: A semi-validated online questionnaire was used to collect stress scores among medical students and doctors using Perceived Stress Scale. The aggravating and relieving factors of stress were also recorded and analyzed. Results: A total of 346 responses were analyzed from across various medical schools of country. The mean cumulative stress score among participants was 18.2 ± 6.8 indicating moderate stress with 34 (9.8%) respondents reporting high stress scores. Female gender was identified as a risk factor (OR 2.76, 95% CI: 1.58, 4.78; P < 0.001). Stress scores were higher among those not directly involved in COVID-19 care (OR 1.08, 95% CI: 0.57, 2.05; P = 0.47). Education and health of the family were major concerns recorded in 39% and 38% participants, respectively. The main stress aggravating factors were found to be news/media (39%) and unsafe work environment (16%). Among the stress relieving factors, hobbies (31%), family support (25%), and meditation (23%) were common. Conclusions: A moderate to high stress was reported in medical students and doctors. Educational concerns should be equally addressed as health care delivery and personal safety.

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