Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives of medical students

Keywords: Anxiety, COVID-19, Depression, Lifestyle, Medical students, Pandemic


Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and lifestyle of our medical students.

Methods: This observational study was conducted on medical students of Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad from June to August 2020. The GAD-7 and PHQ-9 questionnaires were used for anxiety and depression assessment. Different aspects of changes in lifestyle were evaluated and students were inquired about their views regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The chi-square test was applied to assess the associations between levels of anxiety and depression with student’s responses to the concerns and lifestyle changes. The binomial logistic analysis was used to highlight important predictors of anxiety and depression. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to compare the time spent on various activities before and during the pandemic.

Results: There were 234 participants in the study. The depression and anxiety were detected in 151 (64.5%) and 146 (66.7%) students. The college closure led to a significant increase in sleeping time, sedentary time, and time on gadgets (Z=-4.67, Z=-7.23, Z= -6.72, respectively) on the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. The binomial regression analysis identified study years be the significant predictors for the development of depression and anxiety (p<0.05).

Conclusions: Our study emphasizes prioritizing both the physical and mental health of medical students is vital to avoid complications related to the pandemic.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.5.4177

How to cite this:
Saeed N, Javed N. Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic: perspectives of medical students. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(5):1402-1407. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.5.4177

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Saeed, N., & Javed, N. (2021). Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives of medical students. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 37(5). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.5.4177
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