Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Psychiatry, Bhagwan Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences (BMIMS) (Formerly known as Vardhaman Institute of Medical Sciences, VIMS), Pawapuri, Nalanda, Bihar, India

2 Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Deoghar, Jharkhand, India

3 Department of Medicine, Bhagwan Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences (BMIMS), Pawapuri, Nalanda, Bihar, India (Formerly known as Vardhaman Institute of Medical Sciences, VIMS)


BACKGROUND: There are no studies pertaining to resilience related to novel coronavirus focusing
primarily on doctors and undergraduate medical students in India. The objectives of this survey
were to assess the resilience and its various domains that are needed for dealing with novel
coronavirus among doctors, interns, and undergraduate students and to see its correlation with
various sociodemographic factors.
MATERIALS AND METHOD: An online cross-sectional survey was done among doctors and
undergraduate medical students during the first COVID-19 wave from May 19, 2020 to June 8, 2020.
A total of 434 responses were recorded during the study period. All the recorded full responses were
considered for data analysis. Snowball sampling was used for this study. Resilience was assessed
using three items, which were taken from the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS).
RESULT: Out of 434 responses, 51.7% (224/433) of the respondents were non‑resilient. The presence
of the elderly at home was significantly associated with poor resilience (P = 0.02). Resilience was
not significantly associated with other socio‑demographic factors. Younger respondents (P = 0.019)
and females (P =0.0004) were of the opinion that they recovered late from stressful events. Elderly
respondents (P = 0.003) and those with chronic illness (P = 0.008) reported that it is hard for them
to snap back if something bad happens (P = 0.003).
CONCLUSIONS: More than half of the doctors and undergraduate medical students were found to
be non-resilient, underscoring the urgent need to take steps to improve the resilience of this group
of frontline workers.


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