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Worried, weary and worn out: mixed-method study of stress and well-being in final-year medical students
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    Evaluation of psychological stress of medical students
    • Souhail ALOUINI, Gynaecological Surgeon and Obstetrician Centre Hospitalier Regional d'Orleans, 14 Avenue de l'hopital, 45100, Orleans, France
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      • Sonia Rassa ALOUINI, Medical student

    Abbie Lane et al. (1), reported a high level of distress among medical students.
    However, in the report 15 students of 161 (9%) expressed a high level of objective stress and the major cause of stress was the exams.
    We do not know when the questionnaire was offered to students in relation to the date of their exams. Indeed, before the exams it is normal that a majority of students are stressed and this situation is not specific to medical students. The authors omitted that some stress was necessary and could have positive impact to be competitive. Acute stress was not differentiated from chronic psychological stress which could impact cognitive functions by decreasing the arterial cerebral blood flow related to the persistent increase of high level of plasmatic cortisol (2; 3).
    The authors reported that medical students were highly stressed, they thought that it was due to medical studies. Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Maybe this situation is comparable to that of other students of other disciplines or to other young people who are not students. The absence of control group in this study leaves the question unanswered.
    In addition, the small number of participants (161), makes the results difficult to analyse. Furthermore, only 15 students had a high level of objective stress. What significance could be attributed to this small subgroup, whereas the authors conclude that medical students had a high level of stress like senior doctors. This conclusion cou...

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