Evaluation of Stress Levels in Patients Suffering from COVID 19 Infection Admitted in Isolation Ward of a Tertiary Hospital at Hapur as Assessed by Perceived Stress Scale
Keywords:COVID 19, stress, Perceived stress scale
The present study aimed to evaluate the stress levels in patients suffering from COVID 19. 100 COVID
19 patients with age >15 years of both genders were included in the study after taking written informed
consent. All the subjects were administered Perceived Stress Scale questionnaire to fill and scores were
calculated. 82% of the subjects were suffering from high stress while 16% were in moderate category and
only 2% reported low perceived stress. As far as age wise distribution of subjects was considered, 36% were
< 40 years of age, 32% were between 40 – 60 years and 32% were more 60 years of age. Out of the females
43% had high stress, 3% had moderate and none were in low stress category. While in males 39% had high
stress, 13% had moderate and 2% reported low stress. There was a significant increase in the perceived stress
score in females as compared to males (33.08 + 4.29 vs 30.57 + 5.27; p <0.01). So, there is a need to assess
the stress in all COVID 19 patients and regular counselling and psychotherapy should be done specially in
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