Main Educational Stressors and theirs Relationship with General Health of Medical Residents

Nahid Khajehmougahi, MHS Shooshtari



Background: In the age of information and technology application, troublesome regulations and traditional  procedures for medical education may cause serious stresses and be a threat to the general health (GH) of the students of medicine.

Purpose: To determine the relationship between educational stressors and the general health of residents studying at the Ahwaz Jundishapour  University of Medical Sciences (Alums).

Method: In this cross sectional study, the study group was consisted  of  ll4 cooperative residents (69% of all residents in the hospital), who were being trained in a variety of different specialties.  The instruments used were the Educational Stressors Questionnaire, including 45 four-choice items and a General  Health Questionnaire. When the questionnaires were completed, the results were analyzed through Pierson Correlation Coefficient using the SPSS.

Results: The residents mentioned their educational stressors as follows: lack of an arranged curriculum, troublesome educational regulations, deficient educational instruments, and inadequate clinical instruction. of all the subjects, 43 ( 37.6%) appeared to have problems in GH,and significantly positive correlation (p<O.OJ) was observed between educational stressors with all of the following parameters: GH, somatic problems, anxiety, and social dysfunction.

Conclusion: As it appeared, educational stressors can be riskfacwrsfor the students' GH, which may be followed by reduced interest, low educational  performance, and failure to achieve competency in diagnostic procedures and treatment. The findings suggest basic changes in the current medical instructional techniques.

Keywords: educational stressor, general health, medical residents, medical  education


educational stressor, general health, medical residents, medical education

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