Prevalence and Severity of Stress among Under Graduate Medical Students after Application of Integrated Curriculum in University of Kufa. A Comparative Cross Sectional Study
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2022, Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 213-225
Stress is a process by which the environmental demands are more than the adaptive capability of a human leading to biological and psychological changes that make the individuals at risk for disorders. Medical students experience elevated stress level throughout their medical school life, and more liable to psychological distress and mental health problems than non-medical students, so that, stressors that confront medical students should be identified early for enabling interventions before development of more serious complications like burnout and depression.
Measure stress level among medical students of Kufa and Jabir ibn Hayyan medical colleges by using Kessler10 Psychological Distress scale (K10) questionnaire,Compare the levels of stress with different sociodemographic characters and Compare the level of stress among different college stages.
SUBJECTS AND METHOD:
Across sectional study was conducted on under graduate medical students in Kufa and Jabir ibn Hayyan medical colleges at Al Najaf city/Iraq. Medical students from all stages had been recruited for the study and selected by a systematic random sampling technique. We used a self-administered, pre-tested questionnaire form.
A total of 842 students included in the study, the prevalence of stress is 84.56% expressed some degree of stress ranging between mild stress 21.5%, moderate 28.5% and severe 34.56%.
High stress level among medical students in Kufa Medical College and Jabir ibn Hayyan Medical College. Female gender, living at home, delay or missing academic years were factors associated with stress.
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