Stress among medical students in malaysia

A systematic review of literatures

Abdus Salam, Rabeya Yousuf, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Bakar, Mainul Haque

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Abstract

Introduction: Stress is an external constraint which upsets an individual both mentally and physically. Study showed that medical students suffer from higher stress than other faculty students. Objective: The objective of this study was to explore the reporting of stress as evident among medical students in Malaysia. Design: It was a retrospective systematic review of literatures. Materials and Method: Literature was searched through electronic databases for English articles published on stress and other psychological determinants among Malaysian medical students till September 2012. Searched terms used combinations of the related terms. Total 13 articles were reviewed and data were extracted. Results: Stress among Malaysian medical students was as high as 56% which is alarming. Year of study, financial problem and relationship problem with parents, siblings and lecturers were the significant determinants. Examination and academic related stressors were the most significant source and religion was the mostly used coping strategy. Conclusions: Medical education is highly stressful to students. Teaching processes exerts an unintentional negative effect on students' mental health. Teachers must ensure a supportive learning environment to facilitate students and be more aware of their function as an ideal role model and guide aimed to relieve academic and examination related stress from their students. Further large, prospective studies are encouraged to identify the impact on affected individual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-655
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume20
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Coping strategy
  • Malaysia
  • Medical students
  • Stress
  • Stressor
  • Systemic review

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  • Medicine(all)

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Stress among medical students in malaysia : A systematic review of literatures. / Salam, Abdus; Yousuf, Rabeya; Bakar, Sheikh Muhammad Abu; Haque, Mainul.

In: International Medical Journal, Vol. 20, No. 6, 2013, p. 649-655.

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Salam, Abdus ; Yousuf, Rabeya ; Bakar, Sheikh Muhammad Abu ; Haque, Mainul. / Stress among medical students in malaysia : A systematic review of literatures. In: International Medical Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 20, No. 6. pp. 649-655.
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