The Psychological Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Online Teaching on the Academic Performance of Medical Students in Eastern India
Background: COVID-19 has spread throughout the world and has resulted in significant morbidity, mortality, and
negative psychological impact. This cross-sectional study is exploring the effect of the pandemic on mental health
and academic performace of medical students. Survey was done to solicit participants’ feedback regarding their
experience in academic difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Material and Methods: It was a cross-sectional observational study with a convenience sample conducted in
Medical College at Eastern India. Study assessed the mental health of students’ participants during the COVID-19
outbreak by using structured questionnaires and studies its impact on academic performance in upcoming WBUHS
Professional Examinations. An online google form questionnaire link was shared with the participants. The final
questionnaire for this study consisted of 17 questions (15 closed-ended and 2 open-ended) and a rating scale
divided into three sections. After the filling of questionnaires, participants were followed up for their academic
Results: Ability to focus on academic work (72-93%) and difficulties with online learning (17-31%) were the most
commonly cited issues related to academics. Change of behavior in response to the pandemic was pervasive. Our
respondents almost universally increased hand washing, limited social outings, and started wearing masks.
Conclusion: Study results indicate that college students who are experiencing considerable number of academic
and everyday difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic also report increased levels of mental health burden This study will add to the existing body of literature on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and
online learning on the social an sychological health of students.
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