Mental health issues among medical students is a well-known fact worldwide, with medical education accounting for one the most stressful of learning environments. As a group, medical students are more anxious and disillusioned than their peers. As the competitive environments become more and more difficult to deal with, mental illnesses and stress are on the rise. There is little attention paid to the mental health of doctors. This study assesses the intellectual fitness of clinical professionals at some stage in the COVID-19 by using a general health questionnaire. The Incidence of mental health conditions is estimated, and associations between mental health status and different demographic variables are studied.
Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study is to assess the mental status of medical health professionals at Mamata medical college during the COVID -19 Pandemic.
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study. A general health questionnaire with 28 items (GHQ-28) was adapted to Google Forms and circulated among 105 healthcare professionals from Mamata Medical College, Khammam. The questionnaire is split into four parts by the factor analysis. Questions Q 1 to Q7 regards somatic symptoms, Q8 to Q14denote anxiety/insomnia, Q15 to Q21 signifies social dysfunction, Q22 to Q28 is for depression. The survey responses were collected for a period of 6 months from February 2, 2021, to July 5, 2021.
Results: P-value was significant for Anxiety when compared among the male and female participants which signify that females were more prone to anxiety than male, as the female participants scored a GHQ score of >23 more than male.
Conclusion: Mental health issues are frequent among medical professionals, which may be aggravated now during the COVID-19 pandemic. The factors such as uncertainty caused by pandemic, female sex were associated with increased intensity mental health issues, specifically more prone towards Anxiety.