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The prevalence of fatigue among Chinese nursing students in post-COVID-19 era.
Liu, Shou; Xi, Hai-Tao; Zhu, Qian-Qian; Ji, Mengmeng; Zhang, Hongyan; Yang, Bing-Xiang; Bai, Wei; Cai, Hong; Zhao, Yan-Jie; Chen, Li; Ge, Zong-Mei; Wang, Zhiwen; Han, Lin; Chen, Pan; Liu, Shuo; Cheung, Teris; Hall, Brian J; An, Feng-Rong; Xiang, Yu-Tao.
  • Liu S; Department of Public Health, Medical College, Qinghai University, Xining, Qinghai province, China.
  • Xi HT; Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China.
  • Zhu QQ; Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China.
  • Ji M; Nursing College, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin province, China.
  • Zhang H; School of Nursing, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.
  • Yang BX; The National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders & Beijing Key Laboratory of Mental Disorders Beijing Anding Hospital & the Advanced Innovation Center for Human Brain Protection, Capital Medical University, School of Mental Health, Beijing, China.
  • Bai W; School of Nursing, Peking University, Beijing, China.
  • Cai H; School of nursing, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu province, China.
  • Zhao YJ; School of Health Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
  • Chen L; Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China.
  • Ge ZM; Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China.
  • Wang Z; Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China.
  • Han L; Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China.
  • Chen P; Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China.
  • Liu S; Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China.
  • Cheung T; Nursing College, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin province, China.
  • Hall BJ; Nursing College, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin province, China.
  • An FR; School of Nursing, Peking University, Beijing, China.
  • Xiang YT; School of nursing, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu province, China.
PeerJ ; 9: e11154, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1184016
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ABSTRACT

Background:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all teaching activities in nursing schools were suspended in China, and many nursing students were summoned to work in hospitals to compensate for the shortage of manpower. This study examined the prevalence of fatigue and its association with quality of life (QOL) among nursing students during the post-COVID-19 era in China.

Methods:

This was a multicenter, cross-sectional study. Nursing students in five Chinese universities were invited to participate. Fatigue, depressive and anxiety symptoms, pain and QOL were measured using standardized instruments.

Results:

A total of 1,070 nursing students participated. The prevalence of fatigue was 67.3% (95% CI [64.4-70.0]). Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that male gender (P = 0.003, OR = 1.73, 95% CI [1.20-2.49]), and being a senior nursing student (second year OR = 2.20, 95% CI [1.46-3.33], P < 0.001; third year OR = 3.53, 95% CI [2.31-5.41], P < 0.001; and fourth year OR = 3.59, 95% CI [2.39-5.40], P < 0.001) were significantly associated with more severe fatigue. In addition, moderate economic loss during the COVID-19 pandemic (OR = 1.48, 95% CI [1.08-3.33], P < 0.015; compared to low loss), participants with more severe depressive (OR = 1.48, 95% CI [1.22-1.78], P < 0.001) and anxiety symptoms (OR = 1.12, 95% CI [1.05-1.20], P = 0.001), and more severe pain (OR = 1.67, 95%CI [1.46-1.91], P < 0.001) were significantly associated with reported more severe fatigue. After controlling for covariates, nursing students with fatigue had a lower overall QOL score compared to those without (F (1, 1070) = 31.4, P < 0.001).

Conclusion:

Fatigue was common among nursing students in the post-COVID-19 era. Considering the negative impact of fatigue on QOL and daily functioning, routine physical and mental health screening should be conducted for nursing students. Effective stress-reduction measures should be enforced to assist this subpopulation to combat fatigue and restore optimal health.
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