College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

Differences in perceived stress, depression, and medical symptoms among medical, nursing, and physician assistant students

ISBN or ISSN

1075-1211

Publication Title

Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education

Volume

16

Issue

1

Date of original Performance / Presentation

March 2010

Publication Date / Copyright Date

3-1-2010

First Page

35

Last Page

39

Abstract

In most health professions institutions, curricular evaluation is conducted in the absence of psychological tools. Yet, student health is correlated with stress and depression. This study used latent class analysis to describe student groups and their levels of stress, depression, and medical symptoms. Data from 386 health professions students (including medical, physician assistant, nursing, and audiology students) at Nova Southeastern University were analyzed. The results showed that nursing students are most likely to be classified as “healthy-adjusted” (latent class 1). Medical students were most likely to be classified as “severely depressed” (latent class 3). The findings demonstrate a need for the use of psychological tools in addition to conventional metrics to evaluate and improve curricula.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

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