Context: Quality of life (QOL) is the subjective component of well being. It is a composite measure of physical, mental and social well being as perceived by each individual or group of individuals. As QOL is one of the major factors that will influence performance of students, we tried to assess and compare QOL in medical students. Aims: To measure QOL of second & final MBBS students& to identify differences in QOL among medical students based on gender, nativity, residence and exercise habits. Settings and Design: It was a cross sectional study conducted at Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam.
Methods and Material: Study was conducted from October to December 2013, among 250 voluntarily participated second and final MBBS students using WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire.
Statistical analysis used: Range and Mean scores of various domains of QOL were calculated and differences in the mean scores were tested.
Results: Mean values& ranges of QOL were, Physical domain 71.3(32.1-100), psychological domain 63.3(16.6-95.8), Social domain 70.1(0-100), Environmental domain 67.7(28.1-96.8), Overall Quality of Life 75.1(0-100), General Health72.5 (25-100). Rural area students had better physical& psychological domain than urban area students. Significant differences were not seen among those residing at Home or Hostel and also among those doing or not doing physical exercise for half an hour a day.
Conclusions: Medical students were weak in psychological domain among the four domains of QOL. Urban area medical students are weaker in physical and psychological domains when compared with rural area students.
Quality of Life, Well-being, Medical students, WHOQOL-BREF