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Revista Medica Herediana

Print version ISSN 1018-130XOn-line version ISSN 1729-214X

Abstract

OSADA LIY, Jorge Enrique; ROJAS VILLEGAS, Miguel Oswaldo; ROSALES VASQUEZ, César Eduardo  and  VEGA DIENSTMAIER, Johann. Caffeine consumption in medical students and it’s coexistence with depressive and anxious symptomatology. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.3, pp.102-107. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objetive: To evaluate the caffeine intake, anxious and depressive symptoms, and its relation, on medical students. Material and methods: A transversal descriptive study was performed with 384 persons from four different grades from School of Medicine of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, 6 were excluded following the exclusion criteria. A structured questionnaire was used for the evaluation of caffeine intake and the Goldberg’s Anxiety and Depression Scale, using as cut off 4 for anxiety and 3 for depression. Results: 96.3% have caffeine consumption, with mean intake of 147.35 mg/day, 34.13% present anxious symptoms; 29.89% depressive symptoms and 20.63% both. No statistical relation was found between caffeine consumption and anxious or depressive symptoms. Conclusions: The medical students’ caffeine intake was equal or less than other reports. There was no statistic relation between caffeine intake and anxious or depressive sintomatology. (Rev Med Hered 2008;19:102-107)

Keywords : Caffeine; anxiety; depression; students.

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