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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-51

Factors causing stress among medical students in a private medical college in Puducherry, India

1 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
2 CRRI, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
3 Statistician, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India

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S Rajini
Associate professor, Department of Community Medicine, Sri. Lakshmi Narayan Institute of Medical sciences, Puducherry
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2395-2113.251892

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Introduction: Medical education has been reported to be one of the most stressful academic curricula worldwide, negatively affecting the physical and mental health of medical students. This study therefore has been planned to identify the prevalence of psychological stress and possible factors responsible for it among undergraduate medical students so that, appropriate intervention strategy can be proposed to reduce psychological stress. Material and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among undergraduate medical students of private medical college, Puducherry using a pre-tested, pre-designed and standard questionnaire to collect data and it is analyzed using suitable statistical methods. Results: Out of total 160 students, 86.87% of students have reported stress. Among them 72.50% had mild to moderate stressor experience and 14.37% had severe stressor experience. IIIrd MBBS students were more stressed 95% followed by IVth MBBS /CRRI students 85% and IInd MBBS students showed stress up to 82.5%. Majority of the students had severe stress because of increased work load towards exams, more self study, required to be more responsible, less time for repeated learning, worried about future & becoming good doctor and habit of postponing work. Conclusion: In our study, more than two third of the medical students have reported to be stressed. Hence, we can motivate the students to involve in extra- curricular and co-curricular activities such as yoga, sports, etc., to cope up stress.

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