The Study of Quality of Life Among Medical Students in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Xin LP, Boon YC, Jit LT, Wan HT, Soe YN, Swe KMM* and Phyu HP
Department of Population Medicine, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia
*Corresponding Author: Swe KMM, Department of Population Medicine, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia.
January 03, 2023; Published: January 18, 2023
Introduction: Maintaining a good quality of life is an important component when studying medicine. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a negative impact on the quality of life among medical students. Thus, studies need to be done to assess their quality of life and to generate effective measurements to overcome this issue.
Objectives: To describe the socio-demographic profile of the UTAR MBBS students, to determine the prevalence of the quantity of life among respondents, and to determine the association between quality of life and the sociodemographic characteristics among respondents.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among medical students at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman using the WHOQOL-BREF instrument .
Results: A total of 151 students participated in this study, with (63.6%) females and (36.4%) males of mean age between 21-25 years. Among all respondents, 23.2% were year 1 students, 25.2% year 2, 5.9% year 3, 17.2% year 4 and 18.5% year 5 students. The environmental domain has the highest mean score (74.95) among all domains of quality and life. In general, Year 2 students, living in a house or apartment, students living with families, students of M40 household income, and students without the presence of congenital disease showed a higher score of quality of life in the environmental domain.
Conclusions: The overall quality of life of medical students in UTAR was good, indicating that they were not affected much by the pandemic. However, it is still advised to continuously monitor and support students during the pandemic, to further improve their quality of life.
Keywords: Pandemic, Quality of Life, Medical students
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