Stress Related to Professional education on medical students and various coping strategies.
● What is the research question? Identify the impact of study related stress on medical students and their abilities to use various coping strategies.
● What is the research methodology? The students filled out questionnaires that included Perceived stress scale a 5-point scale and Adolescent coping strategies which studies the ability of an individual to cope with any given stress in life.
○ Who are the participants? First year to final year MBBS medical students (total of 500 students)
○ What do the participants do? They fill out the questionnaires listed above.
○ How are the results collected? The tools used to collect data from medical students were Perceived stress scale and Adolescent coping strategies both widely used statistic tools.
● What do the results say? Out of 500 students 445 (89.7%) were moderately affected by study related stress while the other 55 (10.3%) students faced severe stress during their college life.
● What are the conclusions? Study related stress is very common in medical students and more pronounced during specific testing/examinations times throughout the semester. Students identified that some ways they released the stress was joking and laughing with family/friends, some went toward smoking and others got professional help and or talk to their teachers/seniors.
● Is the research question valuable? I believe this research question holds value because so many students and especially medical students face serious stress, and everyone has a different coping strategy to help them through the stress.
● Are the methods a good way to explore the research question? I don’t think this is a bad way to explore students mental health/stress and coping strategies, but I also believe there may have been a better detailed result.
○ Right population? – Good choice of research participants? I think college students are a great population to research when it comes to being stressed.
○ Right experimental steps? – Good choice of data collection? Not an awful way to collect the research data but not the most efficient.
● Do the results speak to the research question? Yes, the results support the question because it shows how during certain times of the semester students are more stressed than others and they explain the different ways they cope with their stress.
● Does the conclusion match the results? Yes, they both support the same idea that college students show their stress throughout their college education and how they need coping strategies.
● How does this research have relevance for:
○ Health Practioners? Understanding causes for stress in students and explain healthy coping mechanisms for the students to try to deter students from turning to more unhealthy substances.
○ Patients? Understanding there are coping strategies and who to go to for help.
○ Anatomy and Physiology or Chemistry/Biochemistry Education? Mental health/ stress can fall into the Biochemistry education category.
○ Students? Maybe how to prevent themselves from gaining educational stress throughout the semester with better time management and some other possible strategies.
○ Teachers? Understanding why some students may fall behind or struggle in certain classes.
○ Yourself and your goals? Trying to adapt better strategies like time management to prevent from educational stress and understand down time is needed as well to really achieve.
● How can the results/conclusions impact upon your teaching and learning? By being more self-aware and allowing myself the proper work, study, and down time to manage stress levels to remain healthier.
Hammad A, Naeem M, Usmani SY, Hussain W. Educational stress and coping strategies among medical students. Professional Med J 2020; 27(8):1575-1581. DOI: 10.29309/TPMJ/2020.27.08.4192