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Preliminary study on fatigue status in female students at a Shanghai medical school and its influencing factors

TAN Tian-yu1, SHI Li-li2, CAO Zhen3, CAI Yu-yang1, SHANG Li4   

  1. 1. School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200025, China; 2. Department of Scientific Research, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200092, China; 3. Shanghai International Cooperation Centre of Traditional Medicine, Shanghai 200030, China; 4. Basic Medicine Faculty, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China

  • Online:2016-11-28 Published:2016-11-29
  • Supported by:

    The Construction of International Health Service Support System on Traditional Chinese Medicine,ZY3-GJHZ-3-1001


Objective · To evaluate the fatigue status in female students at a Shanghai medical school and to analyze the influencing factors. Methods · Questionnaire
survey and professional instrument examinations were performed for 150 female students randomly selected from a Shanghai medical school. Data were input using EpiData 3.0 and were analyzed using SPSS 22.0, including methods such as descriptive analysis, χ2 test (univariate), Logistic regression analysis (multivariate), and paired t-test. Results · The fatigue rate was 56.0% for subjective self-assessment in questionnaire survey. Results of instrument examinations showed that 47.3% of students were under different degrees of tension and 56.0% of students were under different degrees of fatigue, which were consistent with self-assessment in questionnaire survey. Daytime drowsiness, dysmenorrhea, stress, depression, and salt-rich foods had significant influence on fatigue (P<0.05). The multivariate analysis showed that depression (OR=0.293, 95% CI 0.118-0.729), stress (OR=0.321, 95% CI 0.111-0.929), dysmenorrhea (OR=0.107, 95% CI 0.013-0.871) were influencing factors for fatigue. Conclusion · Female students at this medical school are commonly in fatigue condition. It is suggested that they should pay attention to the influence of factors such as depression, stress, and dysmenorrhea, etc. and relieve fatigue via yoga and proper exercises.

Key words: fatigue, female students, depression, pressure, dysmenorrhea