THE BURDEN OF QUARANTINE ON MENTAL HEALTH AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY

  • Taimoor Ashraf Khan Headquarter Ghazaband Scouts, Frontier Corps Balochistan North Pakistan
  • Muhammad Mahad Qureshi 01 Mountain Medical Battalion, Bagh, Azad Kashmir Pakistan
  • Muhammad Abdullah Zahid Army Medical College /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Ejaz Hussain Headquarter Ghazaband Scouts, Frontier Corps Balochistan North Pakistan
  • Muhammad Ashraf Amna Inayat Medical College, Lahore Pakistan
  • Ali Akbar Channa Headquarter Ghazaband Scouts, Frontier Corps Balochistan North Pakistan
Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic, Isolation, Psychological impact, Quarantine

Abstract

Objective: To gauge the frequency of post traumatic stress disorder, stress, anxiety and depression amongst the general population that has been quarantined in public quarantines.

Study Design: Cross sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Two months duration Mar to May 2020 at rural development authority building (Quarantine facility), Quetta.

Methodology: Total 377 individuals participated in the survey. Pre-validated ‘Depression Anxiety Stress Scale’ and ‘The Impact of Event Scale-Revised’questionnaire were used to interview the individuals.

Results: The age ranged between 18 and 53 with a mean age of 30.9 years ± 4.9. Out of 377 participants 17 (4.5%) were seen to match a score on ‘The Impact of Event Scale-Revised’ that was positive for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. On ‘Depression Anxiety Stress Scale’ scoring 25 (6.68%) showed symptoms indicative of depression, 19 (5%) for anxiety and 5 (1.3%) for stress.

Conclusion: Quarantine has significant psychological impact which includes Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety and stress on the quarantined individuals in mass public quarantines.

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Published
2020-09-09
How to Cite
Khan, T., Qureshi, M., Zahid, M., Hussain, E., Ashraf, M., & Channa, A. (2020). THE BURDEN OF QUARANTINE ON MENTAL HEALTH AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ), 70(2), S584-89. Retrieved from https://mail.pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/5288
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