Anxiety and Psychological Stress during COVID-19 Pandemic among Faculty of Medicine Students, Suez Canal University, Egypt

Enayat Soltan, Hend Salama, Safaa El-Zoghby
2021 The Egyptian Family Medicine Journal  
Outbreaks can impose considerable psychological stress that may lead to unpredictable negative outcomes on learning, performance, and overall psychological wellbeing. Objectives: This study aimed to investigate anxiety and psychological stress during the COVID-19 pandemic among the students of Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Egypt. Methods: A cross-sectional analytic descriptive design was used. About 381 medical students from Suez Canal University agreed to complete an anonymous
more » ... ine survey to collect demographic data, 7-item Generalized Anxiety Disorder questionnaire (GAD-7), and General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12) to assess anxiety and psychological stress, respectively. The survey was conducted during the summer of 2020. Results: Out of the study participants, 82.4% and 64% were screened positive for anxiety and psychological stress, respectively. The students in clinical years have a higher level of anxiety (P=0.017) and stress (P=0.004) compared to the students in pre-clinical years. Conclusion: COVID-19 has harmful psychological consequences on medical university students.
doi:10.21608/efmj.2022.62872.1069 fatcat:l22hjqapszfildktri2rokpqym