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Stress in child care and pediatrics postgraduate residents during the covid-19 pandemic. University of Carabobo - Venezuela

Journal of Pediatrics & Neonatal Care
Yuraima García Calcurian,1 Avila Teran Robersi C,1,2 Irma Agüero1,2


Introduction: Health personnel seem to be the category most exposed to the psychological challenges of a new normality due to the Covid-19 pandemic, facing the risk of contracting the virus or infecting others, generating various psychic responses that can be reflected in stress or anxiety.

The Objective: Evaluate the level of stress in relation to anxiety disorders through the application of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria in the Postgraduate Residents of Childcare and Pediatrics.

Materials and Methods: Quantitative study, evaluative type of cross-sectional with a sample represented by 56 residents of postgraduate childcare and pediatrics, whose data were obtained through the application of a multiple choice questionnaire according to DSM-IV criteria.

Results: 66.07% presented symptoms of moderate stress or phobic disorders. The largest number of cases for this category is found in first year residents with an affectation of 68.97%.

Conclusions: According to DSM-IV, resident physicians present with symptoms of moderate stress.


stress, anxiety, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, pandemic, covid 19, medical residents