Health risk behaviour of a medical student population: Report on a pilot study

B. Pikó, K. Barabas, J. Markos

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

20 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

A pilot study of a cross-sectional nature was carried out to observe and describe the health risk behaviour of a medical student population. The participants (242) were drawn from the students of the University Medical School of Szeged, Hungary. The students were aged 18-31 years (x = 23) and were randomly selected. The response rate was 73%. The project focussed on 4 harmful habits ranked in the following order of prevalence: excessive coffee drinking (35%), smoking (20.9%), regular alcohol use (6.8%) and illicit drug use (5.1%). The non-parametric (Chi-square) test showed significant differences between the higher and lower physical activity groups in terms of psychological well-being (p <0.05) and health behaviour changes (p <0.005). Harmful habits, however, were reported more frequently by the higher physical activity group. Significant differences could be detected in terms of women's illicit drug use (p <0.05). Using the Mann-Whitney U-test, it was detected that those who performed more physical activities rated their health significantly higher (p <0.001). This study will be pursued in an expanded study with a larger sample and concentrate especially on the relationship of physical activity behaviour to harmful habits. Follow-up methods are also planned to study the medical student population over time, which should yield some greater insight into these relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Royal Society of Health
Volume116
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Fingerprint

Risk-Taking
Medical Students
Exercise
Habits
Health
Street Drugs
Population
Students
Hungary
Coffee
Health Behavior
Chi-Square Distribution
Nonparametric Statistics
Medical Schools
Drinking
Smoking
Alcohols
Psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Cite this

Health risk behaviour of a medical student population : Report on a pilot study. / Pikó, B.; Barabas, K.; Markos, J.

In: Journal of the Royal Society of Health, Vol. 116, No. 2, 1996, p. 97-100.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{377ff22b697343c0a2054153ef99580e,
title = "Health risk behaviour of a medical student population: Report on a pilot study",
abstract = "A pilot study of a cross-sectional nature was carried out to observe and describe the health risk behaviour of a medical student population. The participants (242) were drawn from the students of the University Medical School of Szeged, Hungary. The students were aged 18-31 years (x = 23) and were randomly selected. The response rate was 73{\%}. The project focussed on 4 harmful habits ranked in the following order of prevalence: excessive coffee drinking (35{\%}), smoking (20.9{\%}), regular alcohol use (6.8{\%}) and illicit drug use (5.1{\%}). The non-parametric (Chi-square) test showed significant differences between the higher and lower physical activity groups in terms of psychological well-being (p <0.05) and health behaviour changes (p <0.005). Harmful habits, however, were reported more frequently by the higher physical activity group. Significant differences could be detected in terms of women's illicit drug use (p <0.05). Using the Mann-Whitney U-test, it was detected that those who performed more physical activities rated their health significantly higher (p <0.001). This study will be pursued in an expanded study with a larger sample and concentrate especially on the relationship of physical activity behaviour to harmful habits. Follow-up methods are also planned to study the medical student population over time, which should yield some greater insight into these relationships.",
author = "B. Pik{\'o} and K. Barabas and J. Markos",
year = "1996",
language = "English",
volume = "116",
pages = "97--100",
journal = "Perspectives in Public Health",
issn = "1757-9139",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Health risk behaviour of a medical student population

T2 - Report on a pilot study

AU - Pikó, B.

AU - Barabas, K.

AU - Markos, J.

PY - 1996

Y1 - 1996

N2 - A pilot study of a cross-sectional nature was carried out to observe and describe the health risk behaviour of a medical student population. The participants (242) were drawn from the students of the University Medical School of Szeged, Hungary. The students were aged 18-31 years (x = 23) and were randomly selected. The response rate was 73%. The project focussed on 4 harmful habits ranked in the following order of prevalence: excessive coffee drinking (35%), smoking (20.9%), regular alcohol use (6.8%) and illicit drug use (5.1%). The non-parametric (Chi-square) test showed significant differences between the higher and lower physical activity groups in terms of psychological well-being (p <0.05) and health behaviour changes (p <0.005). Harmful habits, however, were reported more frequently by the higher physical activity group. Significant differences could be detected in terms of women's illicit drug use (p <0.05). Using the Mann-Whitney U-test, it was detected that those who performed more physical activities rated their health significantly higher (p <0.001). This study will be pursued in an expanded study with a larger sample and concentrate especially on the relationship of physical activity behaviour to harmful habits. Follow-up methods are also planned to study the medical student population over time, which should yield some greater insight into these relationships.

AB - A pilot study of a cross-sectional nature was carried out to observe and describe the health risk behaviour of a medical student population. The participants (242) were drawn from the students of the University Medical School of Szeged, Hungary. The students were aged 18-31 years (x = 23) and were randomly selected. The response rate was 73%. The project focussed on 4 harmful habits ranked in the following order of prevalence: excessive coffee drinking (35%), smoking (20.9%), regular alcohol use (6.8%) and illicit drug use (5.1%). The non-parametric (Chi-square) test showed significant differences between the higher and lower physical activity groups in terms of psychological well-being (p <0.05) and health behaviour changes (p <0.005). Harmful habits, however, were reported more frequently by the higher physical activity group. Significant differences could be detected in terms of women's illicit drug use (p <0.05). Using the Mann-Whitney U-test, it was detected that those who performed more physical activities rated their health significantly higher (p <0.001). This study will be pursued in an expanded study with a larger sample and concentrate especially on the relationship of physical activity behaviour to harmful habits. Follow-up methods are also planned to study the medical student population over time, which should yield some greater insight into these relationships.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0029779831&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0029779831&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 8627595

AN - SCOPUS:0029779831

VL - 116

SP - 97

EP - 100

JO - Perspectives in Public Health

JF - Perspectives in Public Health

SN - 1757-9139

IS - 2

ER -