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Psychological distress among health professional students during the COVID-19 outbreak

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dc.contributor.author Li, Yuchen
dc.contributor.author Wang, Yue
dc.contributor.author Jiang, Jingwen
dc.contributor.author Valdimarsdóttir, Unnur Anna
dc.contributor.author Fall, Katja
dc.contributor.author Fang, Fang
dc.contributor.author Song, Huan
dc.contributor.author Lu, Donghao
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Wei
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-26T01:02:26Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-26T01:02:26Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Li , Y , Wang , Y , Jiang , J , Valdimarsdóttir , U A , Fall , K , Fang , F , Song , H , Lu , D & Zhang , W 2020 , ' Psychological distress among health professional students during the COVID-19 outbreak ' , Psychological Medicine . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291720001555
dc.identifier.issn 0033-2917
dc.identifier.other PURE: 36347378
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 2bd1a366-1b95-4477-859d-418d0b2ccfe2
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85084617219
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3356
dc.description This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81801359 to Dr Lu), Swedish Research Council (No. 2018-00648 to Dr Lu), West China Hospital COVID-19 Epidemic Science and Technology Project (No. HX-2019-nCoV-019 to Dr Zhang), and Sichuan University Emergency Grant (No. 2020scunCoVyingji1005 to Dr Zhang). Publisher Copyright: © 2020 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved.
dc.description.abstract Background: Due to the drastic surge of COVID-19 patients, many countries are considering or already graduating health professional students early to aid professional resources. We aimed to assess outbreak-related psychological distress and symptoms of acute stress reaction (ASR) in health professional students and to characterize individuals with potential need for interventions. Methods: We conducted a prospective cohort study of 1442 health professional students at Sichuan University, China. At baseline (October 2019), participants were assessed for childhood adversity, stressful life events, internet addiction, and family functioning. Using multivariable logistic regression, we examined associations of the above exposures with subsequent psychological distress and ASR in response to the outbreak. Results: 384 (26.63%) participants demonstrated clinically significant psychological distress, while 160 (11.10%) met criteria for a probable ASR. Individuals who scored high on both childhood adversity and stressful life event experiences during the past year were at increased risks of both distress (ORs 2.00-2.66) and probable ASR (ORs 2.23-3.10), respectively. Moreover, internet addiction was associated with elevated risks of distress (OR 2.05, 95% CI 1.60-2.64) and probable ASR (OR 2.15, 95% CI 1.50-3.10). By contrast, good family functioning was associated with decreased risks of distress (OR 0.43, 95% CI 0.33-0.55) and probable ASR (OR 0.48, 95% CI 0.33-0.69). All associations were independent of baseline psychological distress. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that COVID-19 related psychological distress and high symptoms burden of ASR are common among health professional students. Extended family and professional support should be considered for vulnerable individuals during these unprecedented times.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Psychological Medicine; ()
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Vanlíðan
dc.subject Nemendur
dc.subject COVID-19
dc.subject Applied Psychology
dc.subject Psychiatry and Mental Health
dc.title Psychological distress among health professional students during the COVID-19 outbreak
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dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.pmid 32389148
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291720001555
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dc.contributor.department Faculty of Medicine

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