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Cyberchondria and Medical Student Syndrome: Is it Real?

Discussion in 'Medical Students Cafe' started by afkar, Feb 17, 2020.


Do you think cyberchondria and medical student syndrome are related?

  1. Yes

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  2. No, our study does not increase the chance of developing health anxiety

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  3. Medical student syndrome is real, but cyberchondria is just popular term with no clinical relevance

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  4. We just access internet to gain data, so it's not valid indicator

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  1. afkar

    afkar Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2016
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    Medical students are often thought to have anxiety about health after exposure to medical information. This was often considered to be unfounded argument as research data are conflicting. However, with the advance of internet, it should be a necessity to consider online behavior as important marker of anxiety. When these were included, our data suggested that "medical student syndrome" might be real, with the students scoring 70.73 on average while the cut off for "cyberchondria" using Cyberchondria Severity Scale is 75.5 . It was higher than subjects in previous similar researches, although we do not use any control group (Aulia et al, 2020).

    What do you think? Do you think your study experience increase your chance of developing health anxiety and go to doctor while consulting google and medscape?



    The original questionnaire by Mc Elroy and Shevlin:

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