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Panacea Journal of Medical Sciences

Low family income coupled with poor academic performance pushing medical undergraduates to depression

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Author Details : Mohan Joshi*, Prasannajit Majumdar

Volume : 9, Issue : 2, Year : 2019

Article Page : 71-77

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Medical students have been known to be victims of tremendous mental stress. It is important for medical educators to know the magnitude of depression in students and factors causing them, which not only affect their health and academic performance but also may lead to serious consequences like suicide. This is a cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study using random sampling where the students are selected according to the year of study. A self-designed proforma and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) was used to access the level of depression. Out of the total 325 eligible students, 305 students participated in this study with the response rate of 93.84%. The overall prevalence of depression was found to be 32.46%. Among them 17.05% were having mild depression, 12.79% were moderately depressed while 2.62% had severe depression as per Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). Academic performance and low family income were found to have strong association (OR=2, p<0>was also found to be more common in students suffering from depression (OR=2.2, p<0>was also strongly associated with depression (OR=8.1, p<0 OR=3.1,>

Keywords: Family income, Academic performance, Depression, Training satisfaction, Addiction, Medical undergraduates.

Doi : 10.18231/j.pjms.2019.018

How to cite : Joshi M, Majumdar P, Low family income coupled with poor academic performance pushing medical undergraduates to depression. Panacea J Med Sci 2019;9(2):71-77

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