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Impact Of Medical Student Well-Being Workshop On The Medical Students' Stress Level: A Preliminary Study

Muhamad Saiful Bahri Yusoff* Ahmad Fuad Abdul Rahim*

*Medical Education Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Medical training has always been regarded as a highly stressful environment to students. This article described a preliminary data on impact of a stress-management programme on medical studentsí stress level.

This is a quasi-experimental before after comparison study design. The programme was run over half-day and convenient sampling method was applied. Sample size as calculated for this preliminary study was 38. The 12 items General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) was administered prior to the programme and four months later. Data was analysed using SPSS version 12.

34 participants were involved in this study. This study found that there was a significant difference in participantsí GHQ-12 scores before and after the programme (p<0.001). It also found that the percentage of distressed participants to have significantly reduced after they went through the programme (p<0.05).

This study showed that the programme is a promising stress-management programme with the evidence of positive impact on the medical studentsí mental health by improving and reducing their stress level. Apart from that it is a well accepted programme by the medical students. Perhaps similar approach can be considered relevant to be incorporated in other set up. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.11 (1): Jan - June 2010: XX XX.

Keywords: Medical students, stressors, stress, mental health, stress management

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