Bulgarian Journal of Psychiatry, 2023; 8(2):28-32
A STUDY ON DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND STRESS LEVEL AMONG POST GRADUATE TRAINEES OF A TERTIARY HEALTHCARE INSTITUTE IN NORTH EAST INDIA
Varsha Gupta1, Saras Sanchaya1, Aseem Garg2, Souvik Manna3
1Department of Community Medicine, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Science and Research, Ambala, Haryana – India
2Department of Medicine, Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College, Karnal, Haryana – India
3Community Ophthalmology, Dr. R P Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi – India
Abstract. Background: The provision of health services at a tertiary care centre can influence the post graduate trainees (PGs)’ mental health. Using the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS-21), the current study sought to determine the extent to which PGs students at a tertiary care institute in North East India in the year 2021 were affected by the mental health conditions of anxiety, stress, and depression. Material and methods: A cross-sectional observational study enrolled 387 PGs from a tertiary care institution in North-East India from September to December 2021. A questionnaire which captured general data about the subjects as well as a DASS-21 questionnaire were used. Results: The analysis found statistically significant difference in the levels of depression, anxiety, and stress (p = 0.003, p = 0.002, and p = 0.002, respectively) among female participants as compared with males. There was no statistically significant link between the levels of stress and the years of residency. Smoking and work satisfaction were significantly related with stress (p = 0.002 and 0.003). High levels of stress and anxiety were accompanied by high levels of depression among participants (p < 0.01). Conclusion: The results of the current study demonstrated that working in a tertiary care hospital has an impact on the levels of stress, anxiety, and depression experienced by PG trainees in India. During this time of widespread crisis in the healthcare system, it is increasingly vital to monitor these levels and offer interventions as well as support to participants in order to maintain their health and keep them on staff.
Key words: anxiety, depression, medical residents, stress
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