Wellbeing and the Effect of Covid-19 in SKMC Medical Students

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Introduction: The wellbeing of healthcare workers has surfaced as an important issue in recent decades and is particularly crucial in the climate of the current pandemic. One influencer of wellbeing is whether or not there was a prioritization of personal wellness during a healthcare worker’s training. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the wellbeing status, obstacles to wellness, and effects of Covid-19 on second-year medical students at SKMC.

Methods: A questionnaire was distributed to the second-year class at SKMC with a response rate of 84 students. It included the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWS) as well as questions to assess six different areas of wellbeing and the effects of Covid.

Results: The SWEMWS had an average score of 6 (1 = low wellbeing; 10 = high wellbeing). In regard to areas of wellbeing, students ranked highest in social wellbeing and lowest in environmental wellbeing. Covid-19 affected 56% of students negatively and 31% neutrally. The highest rated obstacles to wellbeing were “lack of time” and “stress/worry.” Due to Covid-19, “stress/worry” and “low motivation” were the most common obstacles that increased while “lack of time” was the most common obstacle that decreased.

Discussion: These results show that efforts to normalize feelings of increased stress, lack of time, and not feeling useful could be helpful when it comes to wellbeing. However, further research that studies specific interventions and their effects on wellbeing is needed to reveal the wellness initiatives that are most effective.



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