Stress gradation of medical practitioners during the pandemic (covid-19) along with ways to de-stress; a cross sectional study at tertiary care hospitals using Kessler’s 10 psychological distress scale.


  • Umair Toqueer Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad.
  • Muhammad Usama Zardad Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad.
  • Mahwish Toqueer Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad.
  • Anila Riyaz Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad.
  • Sana Khan Ayub Teaching Hospital.
  • Muhammad Usman Nazir Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad.



COVID -19, Doctors, Kessler 10 Psychological Distress Scale


Objectives: To determine stress grades of doctors working in tertiary care  hospitals by using a standard measuring tool i.e. Kessler 10 psychological distress scale along with finding out different coping methods adopted by doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Study Design: Cross Sectional study. Setting: Tertiary Care Hospitals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan. Period: 15 March 2020 to 20 June 2020. Material & Methods: A structured questionnaire was sent online to the junior and senior doctors working during the pandemic. The data was automatically collected with the help of Google docs and then analysed using SPSS 26. Results: Of the 219 doctors who completed the questionnaire 142 were males (64.8%) and 77 were females (35.2%). Interestingly, analysis of the score revealed that 38.8% of the doctors were found likely to be well, 16.4% of the doctors were likely to have mild disease and 20.5% were likely to have a moderate disorder while 24.2% were likely to have a severe disorder. Further analysis showed that the mean of  Kessler’s score was greater for junior doctors as  compared to Consultants which was found to be statistically significant (p=0.044). Conclusion: The impact of Corona virus disease (COVID-19) on the stress levels of health workers warrants considerable attention as it was declared a pandemic. Assessing the psychological impact and ways to tackle them will not only help the health care workers during this pandemic but will be beneficial in future pandemics as well.

Author Biographies

Umair Toqueer, Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad.


Senior House Officer Surgery

Muhammad Usama Zardad, Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad.


Training Medical Officer Surgery

Mahwish Toqueer, Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad.


Final Year Student

Anila Riyaz, Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad.

MBBS, FCPS (Histopathology)

Assistant Professor Pathology

Sana Khan, Ayub Teaching Hospital.


Medical Officer Paediatric

Muhammad Usman Nazir, Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad.


Senior House Office Surgery