The Journal of Association of Chest Physicians

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26--31

A study of perception of stress in COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients during the process of screening, diagnosing, and treatment in a tertiary care center during the COVID-19 pandemic


K.U. Vivek, A.S. Deepa, B.J. Arun, C.L. Nagaraja, B.L. Shashibhushan 
 Assistant Professor (MD Pulmonary Medicine), Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. K.U. Vivek
Assistant Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Victoria Hospital Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute-560002
India

Importance: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease caused by the novel coronavirus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Research has shown that pandemics tend to have an impact on the mental health of the community. Objective: As the COVID-19 disease continues to spread, anxieties and stress related to it continue to increase exponentially. The present study has been conducted to assess the perception of stress in COVID-19 suspected or confirmed positive patients. Design, setting, and participants: This was a prospective cross-sectional study conducted on 1000 COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients to assess their levels of stress during the screening, diagnosis, and treatment processes. The duration of the study was 3 months. The perceived stress scale (PSS) was used to assess the participant’s levels of stress since the previous month. Results: Out of the total number of patients, 63.80% were males and 36.20% were females. Nearly half of the participants, that is, 52.60% were between 18 and 30 years of age and 42.50% of the surveyed participants had stress levels in the high perceived stress category. We concluded that there is a prevalence of perceived stress associated with COVID-19 at high levels. Conclusion and relevance: These results therefore necessitate the need for stress management and counseling therapy to cope with the psychologic distress caused due to COVID-19. Future research and surveys must be conducted to assess the psychologic impact caused in individuals due to pandemics.


How to cite this article:
Vivek K, Deepa A, Arun B, Nagaraja C, Shashibhushan B. A study of perception of stress in COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients during the process of screening, diagnosing, and treatment in a tertiary care center during the COVID-19 pandemic.J Assoc Chest Physicians 2022;10:26-31


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Vivek K, Deepa A, Arun B, Nagaraja C, Shashibhushan B. A study of perception of stress in COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients during the process of screening, diagnosing, and treatment in a tertiary care center during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Assoc Chest Physicians [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Dec 8 ];10:26-31
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