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OP-022 Impact of covid-19 pandemic on childrens development: from the point of view of medical faculty students
  1. Beril Ecem Kiracı,
  2. Sıddıka Songül Yalçın,
  3. Melda Çelik
  1. Hacettepe University Medical School Ihsan Dogramaci Children’s Hospital


Aim The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of children as much as it has affected the adults so various studies have been conducted how pandemic changed the many facets of children’s lives. Our Social Pediatrics Internship Education Program is designed to provide an understanding of complex factors that impact children’s health and to give a perspective on how pandemic influence children in constantly changing current conditions. Our study aimed to understand the thoughts and perceptions of medical students who have completed a two-week program about the effects of the pandemic on developmental status of children.

Material and Method Out of 455 fifth-grade medical students who had recently completed the program, 246 voluntarily participated in study. We asked to write down seven effects that COVID-19 pandemic had on children. We used quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate answers of students.

Results The comments on the effects on the social development were prominently more common than other issues. Socialization problems and limitations in recognizing the surrounding environment in children (68.7%), and retardation in social development (41.1%) were found to be the most widely perceived negative effects. A reduction in playing games (15%), and separation from their healthcare worker parents (8%), have also been reported. Additionally, retardation in motor development (19.9%) was also indicated. Among the serious effects of COVID-19 on children reported were a failure in mental (15.1%), cognitive (16.3%), and language development areas (4.1%). Some of the medical students(56.7%) commented on the failure of the social and other developmental areas of children. The medical students(33.6%) made statements on harmful effects of sedentary life without face-to-face communication and increased screen exposure.

Conclusions The findings of this study will contribute to the literature about medical students’ awareness of childhood health problems during the pandemic period after social pediatrics internship where the highest susceptibility to developmental problems may occur.

  • social pediatrics
  • childhood development
  • pandemic
  • medical school education
  • sustainable development goals

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