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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 27-32

Psychological effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 epidemic on medical students: A national cross-sectional survey of Mainland China


Department of Vascular Surgery, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053, China

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Dr. Jianming Guo
Department of Vascular Surgery, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/VIT.VIT_39_20

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OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the psychological effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak on medical students in China. METHODS: In February 2020, an online survey was performed using a WeChat app with an online survey program to collect and analyze the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on the mental health of medical students across China. RESULTS: Overall, 757 medical students responded to the survey. About 2.24% reported middle and high levels of anxiety since the COVID-19 outbreak began, and 14.40% reported middle and high levels of depression. Bachelor's students and those whose residence registration was located in a rural area were more likely to have anxiety and depression, compared with postgraduates and students whose residence registration location was an urban area, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The COVID-19 epidemic is associated with a low but real rate of psychological trauma in the medical students of China, and protective programs are needed to lessen this adverse effect.


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