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BASTIDAS-SANCHEZ, Beatriz Eugenia et al. Rest activities and the difficulties for their performance in medical students at the Universidad del Cauca, Colombia, during the SARS-COV-2 pandemic. Medicas UIS [online]. 2023, vol.36, n.1, pp.53-68.  Epub Apr 30, 2023. ISSN 0121-0319.


Adequate rest determines the mood and performance during daily activities, as well as the mental health and academic success of a medical student with a high academic load. Therefore, knowing what activities they engage in, as well as the difficulties to execute them, provides an approach that permits their accomplishment properly.


To describe the rest activities and the difficul- ties in performing them during the academic day of medical students at the Universidad del Cauca in times of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Materials and methods:

A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted among 230 medical students of the Universidad del Cauca, selected with a two-stage probabilistic sampling, who were administered an online survey of 108 questions that addressed socio-demo- graphic aspects and each of the components of rest and lifestyles.


99.1% of students undertake leisure activities. 29.5% of them do relaxation sessions. Physical exercise was present in 63.3%. Most of the activities increased during confinement. The main difficulties for their execution were the lack of time and adequate physical spaces.


Leisure activities were the most frequently encountered in this population. Knowing the difficulties perceived by the students contributes to the exploration for improvement plans associated with student wellbeing. There is a need to assess stress and more aspects of mental health, new studies could focus on this aspect of utmost importance in medical students.

Keywords : Rest; Relaxation; Medical Students; Pandemic; Mental Health.

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