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Study: One-quarter of medical students are depressed

Residency Program Insider, December 9, 2016

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In a meta-analysis of 167 studies from 27 countries, researchers calculated that more about 27% of medical students suffered depression or depressive symptoms. Their findings, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that 11% of medical students had suicidal thoughts.

The high rate of depression and depressive symptoms among medical students in the study compared to the general population highlights the need for preventive efforts and increased access to care for medical students. Only about 16% of medical students who screened positive for depression actually sought out psychiatric treatment.

Source: Journal of the American Medical Association



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