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Balram Sharma, Shruti Sharma, Int Res Pub Med Sci, 2015;1(3):69-81
Balram Sharma, Shruti Sharma,
Int Res Pub Med Sci, 2015;1(3):69-81
Background: Stress is much more recognized now, than it used to be, we have become very aware of the potential negative effect of stress on our lives. It is emerging as a major health problem, especially in medical students. Aims & Objectives: The study was undertaken with the aim to evaluate the effect of stress on different physiological and psychological variations in medical students like pulse rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and anxiety levels before, during and after the examinations. Methods: The present study was carried out in the Department of Physiology, Medical College, Baroda, Gujarat. The subjects selected for the study were medical students of ?rst year MBBS course, who were facing their ?rst credit examination. After taking due consent, the subjects were examined for the effect of examination stress and their physiological parameters such as pulse rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate were measured and psychological parameters such as anxiety were measured using Likert's scale, which is a psychosomatic scale used to analyze and assess questionnaire on factors affecting psychological parameters. Conclusion: The present study concludes that students of Medical College, Baroda are under tremendous stress during their examinations and stress was found double amongst the students, who were living in hostels as compared to the students living in Baroda with their family. Stress was also found higher in those medical students who belong to the Gujarati medium as compared to Hindi or English medium students.
Key-words: Stress, Medical Student, Physiological Parameter, Psychological Parameter.