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Study-related health and behavior patterns of medical students: A longitudinal study.
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PMID:  20854148     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Little is known about specific health risks and resources and their development influencing medical students' stress.
AIM: To evaluate the development of quality of life and study-related behavior and experience patterns among medical students.
METHODS: Data were collected in the first (n = 112 of 182 in 2006) and the fourth semesters (n = 164 of 176 in 2008). The instruments "Work-Related Behavior and Experience Patterns" (AVEM, including four main patterns: "Health", "Unambitious," "Overexertion," "Burnout") and "Short Form-12 Health Survey (SF-12)" were used at both points in time.
RESULTS: The medical students scored significantly lower on mental health compared with reference samples of young adults. The proportion of students with a healthy pattern decreased from 47.3% (95% CI 38.1-56.5%) in the first semester to 36.9% (29.4-44.4%) in the fourth semester. This corresponded to an increase in the proportion of students at risk for burnout from 7.1% (2.3-11.9%) to 20% (13.8-26.2%). At both time points, female students had a higher risk for overexertion and a lower prevalence of a healthy pattern than male students.
CONCLUSION: Our data provide evidence for a decrease in the healthy pattern and an increase in the burnout pattern. Intervention is needed, especially for students at risk for burnout.
Edgar Voltmer; Judith Rosta; Olaf G Aasland; Claudia Spahn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical teacher     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1466-187X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Teach     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-21     Completed Date:  2011-01-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909593     Medline TA:  Med Teach     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e422-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Friedensau Adventist University, An der Ihle 19, Friedensau 39291, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Health Behavior*
Health Status Indicators
Health Surveys
Longitudinal Studies
Mental Health
Sex Factors
Students, Medical* / psychology
Young Adult

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