A comparative study to assess hypochondrial attitude among nursing and other department students of Eternal University Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh

Authors

  • Kavita Verma Akal College of Nursing, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Dist. Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Kirti Mehta Akal College of Nursing, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Dist. Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Bipasha Rawat Akal College of Nursing, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Dist. Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Kritika Sharma Akal College of Nursing, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Dist. Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Manasvi Akal College of Nursing, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Dist. Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Manju Rathoure Akal College of Nursing, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Dist. Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20230922

Keywords:

Hypochondrial attitude, Nursing students, Socio-demographic variables

Abstract

Background: Hypochondrial attitude is a cognitive and thought process in which person lives with the fear that they have some kind of serious illness but undiagnosed condition. The aim of this study was to examine the sample of students in order to assess and compare the degree of hypochondrial attitude among nursing and other department student.

Methods: Total sample size was 310, among them 155 nursing student and 155 other department students were recruited through a convenient sampling technique. Online survey was employed using socio-demographical questionnaire and Whiteley index.

Results: Among all participants, hypochondrial attitude prevalence is higher among nursing students then other department students. In the present study, mild (55% in nursing students while 65% in other department students), moderate (43% in nursing students while 34% in other department students) and severe (2% in nursing student and 1% in other department students) hypochondrial attitude was assessed. Furthermore, nursing students are significantly associated with hypochondrial attitude. The highly significant association was assessed among age (0.000), academic year (0.000), diagnose with serious illness (0.000) and the significant once was the number of sibling (0.13), personality (0.015), visit to physician (0.005) and fear of getting covid 19 during pandemic (0.002), there was no significant association between demographic variable and hypochondrial attitude in other department students i.e., p<0.01.

Conclusions: The conclusion of this study shows that there is higher prevalence of hypochondrial attitude among nursing students. At last it was suggested that counseling and support services are necessary for nursing students.

References

Dyrbye LN, Thomas MR, Shanafelt TD. Systematic review of depression, anxiety, and other indicators of psychological distress among U.S. and Canadian medical students. Acad Med J Assoc Am Med Coll. 2006;81(4):354-73.

Bleichhardt G, Hiller W. Hypochondriasis and health anxiety in the German population. Br J Health Psychol. 2007;12:511-23.

Hunter RC, Lohrenz JG, Schwartzman AE. Nosophobia and hypochondriasis in medical students. J Nerv Ment Dis. 1964;139:147-52.

Woods SM, Natterson J, Silverman J. Medical students' disease: hypochondriasis in medical education. J Med Edu. 1966;41(8):785-90.

Kellner R, Wiggins RG, Pathak D. Hypochondriacal fears and beliefs in medical and law student Arch Gen Psychiatr. 1986;43(5):487-9.

Ellingsen AE, Wilhelmsen I. Disease anxiety among medical students and law students. Tidsskrift Norske laegeforening. 2002;122(8):785-7.

Hunter RC, Lohrenz JG, Schwartzman AE. Nosophobia and hypochondriasis in medical students. J Nerv Ment Dis. 1964;139:147-52.

Janssens T, Verleden G, De Peuter S, Van Diest I, Van den Bergh O. Inaccurate perception of asthma symptoms: a cognitive-affective framework and implications for asthma treatment. Clin Psychol Rev. 2009;29(4):317-27.

Szczurek K, Furgał N, Szczepanek D, Zaman R, Krysta K, Krzystanek M. Medical Student Syndrome: a myth or a real disease entity? cross-sectional study of medical students of the medical university of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(18):9884.

Papadopoulou A, Koureas M, Farmakis A, Sirakouli A, Papathanasiou IV, Gourgoulianis KI. Increased frequency of health anxiety in health science students: a cross sectional study in a Greek University. Med Arch. 2021;75(3):221.

Rohilla J, Tak P, Jhanwar S, Hasan S, Gaykwad R, Yadav R, et al. Health anxiety among medical students: A comparison between preclinical and clinical years of training. J Edu Health Promotion. 2020;9:23-9.

Downloads

Published

2023-03-29

How to Cite

Verma, K., Mehta, K., Rawat, B., Sharma, K., Manasvi, & Rathoure, M. (2023). A comparative study to assess hypochondrial attitude among nursing and other department students of Eternal University Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 10(4), 1452–1458. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20230922

Issue

Section

Original Research Articles