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COBIAN MENA, Alberto Erconvaldo et al. Brief psychotherapeutic intervention in Caribbean Medicine students with psychological reactions due to impact of the COVID-19. MEDISAN [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.5, pp.823-835.  Epub Sep 23, 2020. ISSN 1029-3019.


The propagation of the COVID-19 and its exponential growth as pandemic, extended to all the regions of the world, has been, undoubtedly, a social, psychological and physiologic stressor without precedents.


To evaluate the effectiveness of the brief psychotherapy in a group of Caribbean Medicine students.


A monocentric study of psychotherapeutic intervention was carried out in 16 Caribbean students from the No. 1 Medicine Faculty in the University of Medical Sciences in Santiago de Cuba, during April, 2020, which presented diverse psychological and/or psychopathological signs due to the impact of COVID-19. The depression self-appraisal scale of Zung-Conde and IDARE was applied to all of them to evaluate the state of anxiety before and after the treatment; a semistructured interview was also carried out to deepen in the problem and to determine the emotional performance and the generating situations of those states.


The predominant sex was the female and the age range of more frequency was that of 20-30 years. After the intervention it existed a tacit reduction of the anxiety levels and the depressive symptoms, and there was a favorable clinical course.


The psychotherapeutic intervention was effective, because it directly acted on the aspects related to the disease that instill fear to the students, and a good clinical answer was achieved.

Keywords : COVID-19; medicine students; mental health; anxiety; depression.

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