A cross-sectional online survey was carried out between April 2020 and June 2020 to assess the psychological state of subjects with physical disabilities during the epidemic of COVID-19. Subjects were recruited from three rehabilitation centers that are affiliated with the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs. The centers were located in three different districts across Lebanon. Eligible subjects were selectively chosen based on data (medical files, neurocognitive and physical assessments) taken from the centers’ record-based archives. Inclusion criteria covered any person aged above 18, having good comprehensive skills, and living with a physical disability due to an established medical diagnosis (traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, and other medical consideration) while disregarding the date of onset. Physical disabilities were categorized into Tetraplegia, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia, Paresis and Amputation. Hence, any patient below 18 years or suffering from any intellectual disorder or cognitive delay was excluded from the study.

After extracting the required data, 163 eligible subjects were contacted to introduce them to the study’s aims and take their preliminary approval in participating. Out of all those contacted, 25 refused to enroll in the study. An online survey including a personal questionnaire, the Arabic versions of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist - 25, and the Fear of COVID-19 Scale was sent to the 138 participants. This was done either by mail or phone, depending on their preference. However, a total of 118 subjects signed the written consent form and completed the survey. Therefore, the present study included a convenient sample of 118 participants with physical disabilities.

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