Examination Stress During COVID-19 and Its Coping Interventions Used by Medical Students of Pakistan

  • Sana Sadaf Hamdard College of Medical and Health Sciences, Karachi Pakistan
  • Sania Ishtiqa Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, Karachi Pakistan
  • Musarrat Jahan Zia Ud Din University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Fareeha Farooq Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, Karachi Pakistan
  • Saher Mushtaque Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, Karachi Pakistan
  • Dr Sukhia Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, Karachi Pakistan
Keywords: COVID-19, Exam, Education, MBBS, Medical, Mental health, Stress

Abstract

Objective: To determine the examination stress and anxiety score during COVID-19 pandemic and to identify coping mechanisms adapted by medical students.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences for Girls, Karachi, from Apr-May 2021.

Methodology: A total of 250 students were recruited in the study and validated questionnaire was used for data collection. Test anxiety scores were calculated from a previous study scale by Nist and Diehl (1990). Data was analyzed by using SPSS-23.

Results: The mean age of students was 20.1 ± 0.6 years. 74 (29.6%) students felt stress sometimes, 40 (16.0%) students felt always and 30 (12.0%) students never felt stressed before examination. Students who reported improved performance during the examination due to stress were 121 (48.4%). 76 (30.4%) students reported decrease in performance and 53 (21.2%) reported that their stress did not affect their performance. Students were inquired regarding the methods to cope the stress. 78 (31.2%) students reported that they took study break, 66 (26.4%) students spent time with family and friends, 49 (19.6%) found solace in sleep, 30 (12.0%) students listened to music, 13 (5.2%) used beverages (tea, coffee), 11 (4.4%) used numerous combinations
of methods, and only 3 (1.2%) students exercised. It was found that 158 (77%) students experienced healthy anxiety, 68 (27.2%) unhealthy anxiety, and 22 (8.8%) students were anxiety-free.

Conclusion: Examination stress among medical students has increased during COVID-19 and various coping methods are used by the students to prevent anxiety. College.....

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Published
2022-06-27
How to Cite
Sadaf, S., Ishtiqa, S., Jahan, M., Farooq, F., Mushtaque, S., & Sukhia, D. (2022). Examination Stress During COVID-19 and Its Coping Interventions Used by Medical Students of Pakistan. PAFMJ, 72(3), 1069-73. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i3.7035
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