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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Neurosurgery Residents’ Psychological Consequences


Bahram Aminmansour, Mohammadreza Amiri, Ali Riazi and Mehdi Mahmoodkhani*

Introduction: The world is currently facing an unprecedented pandemic crisis. This study focuses on assessing the psychological consequences of the neurosurgery residents’ during COVID-19 outbreak.

Methods: Residents attending first to th e fifths yea r in the medical universities were invited to participate. The fearfulness scale, generalized anxiety disorder, center for epidemiologic studies depression scale, sleep disturbances, psychological discomfort and acute stress disorder scale were provided.

Results: The results of the analysis show a prevalence of symptoms such as psychological discomfort, acute stress disorder, sleep disturbances, and fear across the neurosurgery residents. 85 (68%) of the participants reported to suffer from high levels of psychological discomfort and 84 (67.2%) reported to suffer from high levels of acute stress disorder. 34 (27.2%) of the neurosurgery residents reported low levels, GAD symptoms. 121 (96.8%) of the participants reported, to suffer from moderate to high levels of fear. It looks similar for sleep disturbances with 119 (95.2%) of the participants indicated moderate to high levels.

Conclusion: More health promoting and mental disorder-preventing programs with high quality effectiveness studies are necessary. An integration of such programs into curricula would allow for greater utilization and could give greater emphasis to and prioritize mental health in medical education.

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