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ERIC Number: EJ1007692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1042-9670
Substance Use and Attitudes on Professional Conduct among Medical Students: A Single-Institution Study
Choi, Daisi; Tolova, Vera; Socha, Edward; Samenow, Charles P.
Academic Psychiatry, v37 n3 p191-195 May 2013
Objective: This study sought to examine how specific substance-use behavior, including nonmedical prescription stimulant (NPS) use, among U.S. medical students correlates with their attitudes and beliefs toward professionalism. Method: An anonymous survey was distributed to all medical students at a private medical university (46% response rate). Participants were asked to report alcohol and marijuana use patterns, NPS use, stress levels, and history of suicidal ideation. Results: Over one-third of medical students reported excessive drinking during the past month, and 5% reported NPS use during the past year. Students who endorsed such behavior were significantly less likely to view it as unprofessional and warranting intervention. A large number of students seemed unfamiliar with how to help a classmate with an NPS use problem. Conclusions: Medical students' substance use behaviors appear to influence attitudes and beliefs toward professional issues regarding substance use. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A