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Perceived stress, quality of life, and their correlation amongst undergraduate pharmacy students: findings from public university in Malaysia

Fata Nahas, Abdul Rahman and Elkalmi, Ramadan Mohamed Mahmod and Al-Shami, Abdulkareem Mohammed and Elsayed, Tarek Mohamed Ali (2020) Perceived stress, quality of life, and their correlation amongst undergraduate pharmacy students: findings from public university in Malaysia. Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences, 12 (Supplement 2). p. 875. ISSN 0976-4879 E-ISSN 0975-7406

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Abstract

Stress as a psychological disorder might affect an individual’s physical, mental and emotional aspects at any age. Although university students who experience acute stress still can adapt to it; however, chronic stress may lead to substantial issues. It has been reported that health-related university studies convey a high level of stress, which could adversely affect students’ health as well as their quality of life (QOL), and pharmacy is no exception. Objectives: The aims of the study were to evaluate the stress level and its correlation with QOL among pharmacy students. Materials and Methods: Ina cross-sectional study, all undergraduate students (N = 456] of Faculty of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia, were planned to be surveyed. The stress level was evaluated using Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), whereas World Health Organization QOL questionnaire (WHOQOL-BREF] was used for QOL measuring. Descriptive and inferential analyses were run using SPSS Version 21.0. Results: Of the 277 students responded (72.2% females], 68.9% were moderately stressed (M = 21.9 ± 6.4], No significant differences in PSS score were found between different years of study (p = 0.75], A significant negative correlation was also observed between PSS score and WHOQOL-BREF score ip < 0.001], Conclusion: Although it is of moderate intensity, perceived stress can negatively impact pharmacy student’s QOL, therefore, counselling sessions should be considered throughout the years of pharmacy study.

Item Type: Article (Meeting Abstract)
Additional Information: 7314/84912
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perceived stress, pharmacy, quality of life, students, undergraduate
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA643 Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine - Communicable Diseases and Public Health
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Depositing User: Dr. Abdul Rahman Fata Nahas
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2020 16:02
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 08:11
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/84912

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