Introduction: The effect of COVID-19 across the globe has been colossal. Though critical physical symptoms are experienced by patients, the psychological impact of the disease seems to be widespread- pervading all individuals universally. Mental fatigue makes individuals feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained and negatively impacts productivity. But one of the protective factors to this negative effect may be resilience. The aim of the present study is to explore the prevalence of mental fatigue among undergraduate medical students and study the impact of resilience during the lockdown period imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A cross-sectional study involving an online survey was conducted among the undergraduate medical students at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, National University of Science and Technology, Sultanate of Oman. An adapted version of the Mental Fatigue Scale and the Brief Resilience Scale was used. Data collected was analyzed using SPSS version 25. Results: Around 169 students from various phases of the medical program participated in the study. Results indicated that participants experienced mild levels of mental fatigue. They reported normal levels of resilience. A significant negative correlation was seen between mental fatigue and resilience. Conclusions: Resilience is thus an emotional protective factor to the experience of mental fatigue. Increasing individual and community resilience through intervention and training programs will facilitate enhancement of stress coping during adversity.
Miriam Simon, National University of Science and Technology, Oman
Eman Elsheshtawy, Mansoura University, Egypt
Fatema Ali Ashkari, National University of Science and Technology, Oman
Amani Ibrahim Al Raisi, National University of Science and Technology, Oman