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Psychological impact of COVID-19 among a cohort of Sri Lankan medical students: Preliminary results

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T. Abayabandara-Herath ,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine
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I. Premaratne,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine
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D. Ediriweera,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Computer Centre, Faculty of Medicine
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M. Chandrathilake,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine
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A. Hapangama

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Previous studies report that the COVID-19 pandemic has a negative effect on the psychological wellbeing of medical students. We aimed to determine the psychological impact of COVID-19 and its associated factors among a cohort of Sri Lankan medical students, using online versions of a demographic questionnaire and the validated Sinhala and Tamil versions of the DASS-21. Of the 418 students, majority were females, aged between 20-25 years. In the study group, 40 (9.6%), 105 (25.1%) and 7 (1.6%) of participants scored above the cut-offs for the depression, anxiety and stress subscales of the DASS-21 respectively. The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be associated with a negative impact as measured by the DASS-21 scale among this group of medical students.
How to Cite: Abayabandara-Herath, T., Premaratne, I., Ediriweera, D., Chandrathilake, M. and Hapangama, A., 2022. Psychological impact of COVID-19 among a cohort of Sri Lankan medical students: Preliminary results. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry, 13(1), pp.48–50. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v13i1.8358
Published on 13 Jun 2022.
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