Objective: To evaluate the general quality of life in medical students.
Method: This is a cross-sectional observational study of 320 students from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, located in Campo Grande, Brazil, who answered the WHOQOL-BREF quality of life assessment instrument.
Results: The medical students evaluated having a good general quality of life and good satisfaction with their health. According to the domains, the psychological domain was smaller than the social relationships and environment domains. The students had a difference in the values of the WHOQOL-BREF scores only between the psychological and the environment domains and lower values in the men, in the physical and psychological domains. During the years of the course, there was a difference between the domains only for the 3rd grade of the course, with lower scores for the psychological domain. In each domain, the values of the WHOQOL-BREF scores were higher in the second grade compared to the 5th grade in the social relationships domain, and in the environmental domain. The 1st grade had lower values than the 6th grade.
Conclusion: Medical students have a positive characterization of the quality of life, although it is less in the psychological domain, by the frequency of negative feelings not enjoying life or concentrating in a satisfactory way. Female students are more fragile in the psychological and physical domain than male students.
Keywords: Quality of life; Medical students; Medical Education.
from International Archives of Medicine