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Stress and psychological resilience among general surgery residents during COVID-19 pandemic


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Author list: Yasser M. Aljehani, Sharifah A. Othman, Nosibah K. Telmesani, Raghad A. Alghamdi, Hussah M. AlBuainain, Zeead M. Alghamdi, Hazem M. Zakaria, Farouk T. Alreshaid, Saleh A. Busbait, Abdullah A. Alqarzaie, Turki M. Alharbi, and Ruba K. Alnajim
Publisher: Medical Services Department Saudi Arabian Armed Forces
Publication year: 2020
Journal: Saudi Medical Journal
Journal name in source: Saudi Medical Journal
Journal acronym: SMJ
Volume number: 41
Issue number: 12
Start page: 1344
End page: 1349
Number of pages: 6
ISSN: 0379-5284
Web of Science ID: 000599488400009
PubMed ID: 33294893
Scopus ID: 85097513733
eISSN: 1658-3175


Objectives: To evaluate the impact of coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic and its consequences on general surgery residents.

Methods: Cross-sectional, survey based study including surgical residents in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kingdom of Bahrain.

Results: Surgical trainees who participated in our survey (n=234) were young (mean age 28), single (53.8%), and males (65.8%). Approximately half (50.4%) have been deployed to cover the staff shortage in intensive care units (ICUs) or emergency departments (EDs). Half of our trainees (117) scored positive in the screening tool of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). There was a significant association between experiencing anxiety and male gender (p=0.055), level of training (p=0.002), deployment to cover ICUs (p=0.050), testing positive for COVID-19 (p=0.054) and having an infected family member (p=0.004).

Conclusion: Coronavirus-19 pandemic has a serious effect on all healthcare workers and surgical residents have experienced a considerable amount of stress. Accordingly, this psychological burden should be appropriately addressed in organizations planning strategies. We suggest formulating guidelines to help surgical trainees to continue their learning process with least psychological burden.


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