Anales de la Facultad de Medicina
ISSN 1025-5583 versión impresa
Objectives: To determine the level of depression in students of Medical Technology. Design: Descriptive, cross sectional study. Setting: Professional Academic School of Medical Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. Participants: Voluntary Medical Technology students. Instrument: Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) consisting in 13 items with 0-3 scale, graded 0-4 rating no depression, 5-7 mild depression, 8-15 moderate depression, over 15 severe depression. Main outcome measures: Depression and severity. Results: From 119 students, 48,7% female and 51,3% male, 38,7% had some level of depression. Among students with some level of depression 54,4% were male. Some form of depression by age was found in 45,7% 15-19 year-old students, in 52,2% 20-25 years, 2,2% over 25 years; mild depression was encountered in 39,1%, moderate depression in 32,6%, and severe depression in 28,3%. Conclusions: In 20-25 year-old students of Medical Technology 1 out of 2 showed some level of depression. In male students 56 out of 100 had some level of depression. The study suggests application of depression preventive programs and determining underlying causes.
Palabras llave: Depression; levels; Medical Technology students.
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