Impacto psicológico de la cuarta ola pandémica en estudiantes de ciencias de la salud

Translated title of the contribution: Psychological impact of the fourth pandemic wave on health sciences students

Edgar Martín Hernández-Huaripaucar, Bladimir Becerra-Canales, Domizbeth Becerra-Huamán, Carmen Chauca, Cecilia Giuliana Solano-García, Rosario Huamán-Espinoza

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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic, in successive waves, can induce prolonged emotional disorders of stress, anxiety and depression, with greater psychological impact on health science students. Objective: To determine the psychological impact and levels of depression, anxiety and stress in the fourth pandemic wave in health sciences students. Methods: Cross-sectional study, conducted in Peru, from June to November 2022. It included 418 randomly selected university students. A virtual survey was used to collect socio-educational and religious-spiritual variables; psychological impact was considered when the student presented at least one of the disorders reported in the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21). A descriptive analysis was performed and differences were evaluated with chi-square. Results: Of the participants, 82.5% had psychological impact; higher proportions were revealed by female students (82.6%), ≤ 20 years old (86.7%), studying and working (83.7%), cohabiting marital status (96.0%), obstetrics faculty (88.1%), atheist (91.7%), does not participate in religious activities (85.3%), does not consider herself a religious person (83.5%), does not consider herself a spiritual person (84.6%), practices weekly prayer (87.2%). The prevalence of depression was 63.2%; anxiety 78.5% and stress 48.6%. Conclusions: The fourth wave of the pandemic had a psychological impact on 8 out of 10 Peruvian health science students.

Translated title of the contributionPsychological impact of the fourth pandemic wave on health sciences students
Original languageSpanish
Article numbere02309350
JournalRevista Cubana de Medicina Militar
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2023

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