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Title: The global prevalence of anxiety among medical students: A meta-analysis
Authors: Quek, T.T.-C.
Tam, W.W.-S. 
Tran, B.X.
Zhang, M.
Zhang, Z.
Ho, C.S.-H.
Ho, R.C.-M. 
Keywords: Anxiety
Medical education
Medical school
Medical students
Student doctors
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Quek, T.T.-C., Tam, W.W.-S., Tran, B.X., Zhang, M., Zhang, Z., Ho, C.S.-H., Ho, R.C.-M. (2019). The global prevalence of anxiety among medical students: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16 (15) : 2735. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Anxiety, although as common and arguably as debilitating as depression, has garnered less attention, and is often undetected and undertreated in the general population. Similarly, anxiety among medical students warrants greater attention due to its significant implications. We aimed to study the global prevalence of anxiety among medical students and the associated factors predisposing medical students to anxiety. In February 2019, we carried out a systematic search for cross-sectional studies that examined the prevalence of anxiety among medical students. We computed the aggregate prevalence and pooled odds ratio (OR) using the random-effects model and used meta-regression analyses to explore the sources of heterogeneity. We pooled and analyzed data from sixty-nine studies comprising 40,348 medical students. The global prevalence rate of anxiety among medical students was 33.8% (95% Confidence Interval: 29.2–38.7%). Anxiety was most prevalent among medical students from the Middle East and Asia. Subgroup analyses by gender and year of study found no statistically significant differences in the prevalence of anxiety. About one in three medical students globally have anxiety—a prevalence rate which is substantially higher than the general population. Administrators and leaders of medical schools should take the lead in destigmatizing mental illnesses and promoting help-seeking behaviors when students are stressed and anxious. Further research is needed to identify risk factors of anxiety unique to medical students. © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16152735
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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