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Acad Psychiatry. 2013 May 1;37(3):191-5. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.12060126.

Substance use and attitudes on professional conduct among medical students: a single-institution study.

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Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, USA. daisichoi@gmail.com

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23632932
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ap.12060126
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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