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National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2020 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 11 | Page No: 402-408

Evaluation of Key Pointers of Physical, Emotional and Mental Health among Medical Students: A Cross Sectional Study to Understand the Lifestyle Areas Needing Improvement

Author: Anil Mishra1, Vinod Kumar Sharma2, Anil K Dixit3

Affiliation:

1Assitant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre (PCMS & RC), Bhopal

2Assitant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre (PCMS & RC), Bhopal

3Professor & Dean, Department of Community Medicine, People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre (PCMS & RC), Bhopal

Abstract:

Introduction: Medical schools are the places where students learn the art of allaying people’s sufferings in ill health and of saving their lives. Various studies have shown that medical training and education are stressful and require remedial approaches for benefitting medical students. Objectives: To understand the prevailing life style related health pointers, having potential adverse effect physical, emotional and mental health, among the MBBS students. Methods: A questionnaire-based cross-sectional assessment in-volving 82 respondents. Results: Average age of the study group was 21.61 years, with a majority (89%) belonging to urban areas, around 44% belonging to business family background. The average BMI for the group was 23.02, with 15.85% having BMI 25 or more (overweight). Only 31.71% respondents considered themselves healthy and fit, 53% were doing regular physical activities in any form. Questions related to inability to concentrate in the classroom, losing interest in hobbies, managing studies, feeling sad, depressed, anxious and worried, getting irritated on minor issues, language barrier, ability to express clearly etc. also revealed some valuable findings. Conclusion: The study findings indicate the need for developing institutional approaches for bringing necessary lifestyle changes to address the issue.

Keywords: medical students, Lifestyle, health profile, mental health, stress among medicos

DOI: 10.5455/njcm.20201002083311


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