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Graduate-entry medical students: older and wiser but not less distressed

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Abstract


  • Objectives: Australia has a growing number of graduate-entry medical courses. It is known that undergraduate medical students have high levels of psychological distress; however, little is known about graduate-entry medical students. We examined whether graduate-entry medical students had higher levels of psychological distress than the same-age general population.

    Method: Psychological distress was assessed in 122 graduate-entry medical students in an Australian graduate-entry medical school using the 21-item Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale. Mean scores and the proportion of students with scores in the highly distressed range were compared with non-clinical population norms. Scores were also compared across demographic characteristics.

    Results: Medical students reported higher mean depression, anxiety and stress scores than the general population and were more likely to score in the moderate to extremely high range for anxiety (45% vs. 13%; p<0.001) and stress (17% vs. 13%; p=0.003). Anxiety and stress were higher in students aged ≥30 years than in younger students.

    Conclusions: Despite their maturity, graduate-entry students experienced high psychological distress. Anxiety and stress were higher, not lower, with increasing age. Our results suggest that graduate-entry medical students warrant the same level of concern as their school-leaving counterparts. Further interventions to support these students during medical school are warranted.

Authors


  •   Casey, Dion (external author)
  •   Thomas, Susan J.
  •   Hocking, Darren R. (external author)
  •   Kemp-Casey, Anna (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Casey, D., Thomas, S., Hocking, D. R. & Kemp-Casey, A. (2016). Graduate-entry medical students: older and wiser but not less distressed. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (1), 88-92.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961844667

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4310&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3287

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 88

End Page


  • 92

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Objectives: Australia has a growing number of graduate-entry medical courses. It is known that undergraduate medical students have high levels of psychological distress; however, little is known about graduate-entry medical students. We examined whether graduate-entry medical students had higher levels of psychological distress than the same-age general population.

    Method: Psychological distress was assessed in 122 graduate-entry medical students in an Australian graduate-entry medical school using the 21-item Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale. Mean scores and the proportion of students with scores in the highly distressed range were compared with non-clinical population norms. Scores were also compared across demographic characteristics.

    Results: Medical students reported higher mean depression, anxiety and stress scores than the general population and were more likely to score in the moderate to extremely high range for anxiety (45% vs. 13%; p<0.001) and stress (17% vs. 13%; p=0.003). Anxiety and stress were higher in students aged ≥30 years than in younger students.

    Conclusions: Despite their maturity, graduate-entry students experienced high psychological distress. Anxiety and stress were higher, not lower, with increasing age. Our results suggest that graduate-entry medical students warrant the same level of concern as their school-leaving counterparts. Further interventions to support these students during medical school are warranted.

Authors


  •   Casey, Dion (external author)
  •   Thomas, Susan J.
  •   Hocking, Darren R. (external author)
  •   Kemp-Casey, Anna (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Casey, D., Thomas, S., Hocking, D. R. & Kemp-Casey, A. (2016). Graduate-entry medical students: older and wiser but not less distressed. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (1), 88-92.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961844667

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4310&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3287

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 88

End Page


  • 92

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1