IRMA-International.org: Creator of Knowledge
Information Resources Management Association
Advancing the Concepts & Practices of Information Resources Management in Modern Organizations

Cyberchondria and Medical Student Syndrome: An Anxious Path to Be an Anxiety Healer?

Cyberchondria and Medical Student Syndrome: An Anxious Path to Be an Anxiety Healer?
View Sample PDF
Author(s): Afkar Aulia (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia) and Budi Pratiti (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 16
Source title: Handbook of Research on Cyberchondria, Health Literacy, and the Role of Media in Society’s Perception of Medical Information
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hacer Aker (Selcuk University, Turkey) and Mary Aiken (University of East London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8630-3.ch006

Purchase

View Cyberchondria and Medical Student Syndrome: An Anxious Path to Be an Anxiety Healer? on the publisher's website for pricing and purchasing information.

Abstract

Health anxiety is a disorder that can be very distressful and cause unnecessary examinations. A doctor is expected to handle health anxiety in terms of examination, diagnosis, therapy, and counselling processes. To provide optimal patient counselling, a doctor needs confidence, empathy, and good mental health. However, the process to become a medical doctor requires a student to read through a large amount of medical information, which arguably might induce “medical student's syndrome,” or health anxiety. Contradicting research findings exist about such conditions, however, most of them use traditional measures of health anxiety and do not consider students' online behaviour. The authors hypothesized that a medical student is susceptible to cyberchondria, a form of health anxiety due to excessive internet use. Some studies have shown that there may be higher cyberchondria scores among medical students compared to the general population. Cyberchondria needs to be studied further to improve the mental health condition of medical students and to provide optimal future healthcare for patients.

Related Content

Diane M. Janosek. © 2022. 15 pages.
Mary Aiken, Ruby Farr, Doug Witschi. © 2022. 19 pages.
Anastasios Arampatzis, Louise O'Hagan. © 2022. 19 pages.
Siobhan Eithne McCarthy. © 2022. 17 pages.
Sara Wilcox, Olha Huzo, Annu Minhas, Nicole Walters, Joel Ehis Adada, Mary Pennington, Luckner Roseme, Denelle Mohammed, Aleksandar Dusic, Rana Zeine. © 2022. 26 pages.
Afkar Aulia, Budi Pratiti. © 2022. 16 pages.
Rukiye Tekdemir, Ali Kandeğer, Yavuz Selvi. © 2022. 13 pages.
Body Bottom