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Am J Pharm Educ. 2015 Feb 17;79(1):09. doi: 10.5688/ajpe79109.

Sleep quality among pharmacy students.

Author information

1
Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Birmingham, Alabama.
2
Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
3
Samford University Brock School of Business, Birmingham, Alabama.
4
Publix, Birmingham, Alabama.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the quality of sleep among pharmacy students in the didactic portion of the curriculum at one school of pharmacy.

METHODS:

The study consisted of an anonymous, voluntary survey that included the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), a self-rated instrument that measures sleep habits for a month.

RESULTS:

The survey was completed by 253 students. Students in the lower grade point average (GPA) category had higher scores on 2 of 7 components of the PSQI and on the global score. Poor sleep quality, indicated by a global PSQI score of greater than 5, was reported by 140 students. The rate of poor sleeping was higher among students in the lower GPA category.

CONCLUSION:

Poor sleep quality was pervasive among surveyed pharmacy students in the didactic portion of the pharmacy school curriculum, especially among those with lower GPAs.

KEYWORDS:

grade point average; pharmacy students; sleep

PMID:
25741025
PMCID:
PMC4346821
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe79109
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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