Mental Health of Health Science Students during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study in a Medical College of Nepal

Authors

  • Narayan Bahadur Mahotra Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sabita Kandel Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sanyukta Gurung Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu
  • Bishal Joshi Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal
  • Sagun Ballav Pant Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sait Pradhan Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jucms.v9i02.42014

Keywords:

COVID-19, DASS-21, Health Science Students, Mental Health

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Mental health impact of COVID-19 is a well-known entity. Health science students are among the high risk groups for developing mental health issues due to lengthy and rigorous studies they undertake. This study aims to explore the mental health of health science undergraduate students of Maharajgunj Medical Campus, and Maharajgunj Nursing Campus during the COVID pandemic in Nepal.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from February 2021 to July 2021 using convenience sampling technique using Nepali version of DASS-21 to undergraduate health science students of Maharajgunj Medical Campus and Maharajgunj Nursing campus.

RESULTS: Out of 164 participants, depression, anxiety and stress was seen in 43%, 33% and 29% respectively. Females showed more depression (47.6%) and anxiety (38.8%) and stress (32%) as compared to males

CONCLUSION:Mental health of health science students is adversely affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Author Biographies

Narayan Bahadur Mahotra, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal

Department of Clinical Physiology

Sabita Kandel, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal

Department of Clinical Physiology

Sanyukta Gurung, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu

Department of Clinical Physiology

Bishal Joshi, Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal

Department of Physiology

Sagun Ballav Pant, Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Department of Psychiatry

Sait Pradhan, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal

Department of Clinical Physiology

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Mahotra, N. B., Kandel, S., Gurung, S., Joshi, B., Pant, S. B., & Pradhan, S. (2021). Mental Health of Health Science Students during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study in a Medical College of Nepal. Journal of Universal College of Medical Sciences, 9(02), 66–70. https://doi.org/10.3126/jucms.v9i02.42014

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