20Jan 2017


  • MPhil Physiology, Assistant Professor in Physiology, School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Fiji National University, Fiji Islands.
  • MBBS, Medical Intern at King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Buraidah, Qassim.
  • MBBS, Intern Alzulfi General Hospital, Saudi Arabia.
  • MSc, RRT-NPS, ACCS, Alzulfi General Hospital, Saudi Arabia.
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Background: Psychological stress can negatively affect learning and performance of medical students. Medical studies are considered intrinsically more stressful than many other disciplines. This study was conducted to investigate stress among undergraduate medical students of Saudi Arabia, and to compare stress between pre-clinical and clinical students, and to compare stress between male and female students. Methods: This cross-sectional survey was conducted in December 2016 among medical students by using a self-administered questionnaire. The data were entered and analyzed using IBM-SPSS-20. The data were summarized and analyzed by frequencies, percentages, means, standard deviation and Chi-square test. Results: A total of 119 participants (54.6% males, 45.4% females) with mean age of 21.8±2.1 years participated in this study. Severe and moderate stress was present among 78% and 20% of the participants, respectively. Prevalence of stress was high in all the medical students irrespective of whether they were in pre-clinical or clinical years of study; there was no statistically significant difference between them. Majority (77%) of the male students had severe stress as compared to 79.6% of the female students; there was no statistically significant difference between them. Conclusions: Most of the medical students of Saudi Arabia perceive their studies and training as either moderately or severely stressful. The risk of stress was high among most of the participants irrespective of their gender, and pre-clinical or clinical years of study during MBBS. It is recommended that stress management courses should be included in the curriculum of undergraduate medical students.

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[Mudassar Ali Roomi, Alharbi Abdulrhman Obaid, Hamoud Mohammed Alshaya and Khalid Alobeiwi. (2017); PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS AMONG UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL STUDENTS OF SAUDI ARABIA: A CROSS SECTIONAL SURVEY. Int. J. of Adv. Res. 5 (1). 1029-1035] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

Mudassar Ali Roomi
School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Fiji National University, Fiji Islands.


Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/2847       DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/2847

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