Volume 36, No. 02, Month MARCH, Year 2021, Pages 200 - 208

Prevalence and factors associated with depression among the clinical medical students of a faculty of medicine in northeast thailand

Sriarpa Auchayasawat

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Background and Objective: Depression is a primary significant cause of the disability. The clinical medical students must work on ward other than studying in lecture section, resulting in both physical and mental stress. This research aimed to study the prevalence and factors associated with depression among the clinical medical students. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted. The questionnaire consisted of general basic information and depression assessed by 2 Questions (2Q) for screening and 9 Questions (9Q) for assessed depressive symptom. The electronic questionnaires were sent to all of 133 clinical medical students in the period of 1 – 31 July 2019. The data was analyzed using SPSS Statistics version 22. The descriptive statistics consisting of number, percentage, maximum, minimum, mean, standard deviation, median and interquartile range. Analytical statistics consisting of Chi-square and Fisher’s exact test. Results: There were 92 partcipants. The prevalence of depression was found in 36 persons (39.1%; 95%CI 29.1- 49.9). Most of the clinical medical students had mild depression for 22 persons (23.9%). The factor associated with depression was the dropout clinical medical studens (p-value = 0.043). Conclusion: One third of clinical medical students were depression. Suggest to screening and monitoring of depression in the clinical medical students particularly in the dropout clinical medical studens.


clinical medical student; depression


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