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[Lifestyle and self-perceived health status differences of Hungarian and foreign medical students]


JANUARY 20, 2013

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2013;23(01)

[INTRODUCTION - Physicians, while concerning also the whole personality, advice their patients in life-style problems too and these types of advices may contribute even decisively to the patients’ recovery. The physicians’ personal health behaviour and self-assessed health status are interrelated with counselling the patients. Undergraduate years play a significant role in the later established behavioural patterns therefore it is important to study the medical students’ health status and lifestyle. MATERIAL AND METHODS - Self-administered questionnaires were used to assess the lifestyle and self-perceived health status differences of domestic (Hungarian) and foreign (English course) medical and dental school students in the 4th year of the Semmelweis University (response rate: 96% and 55.6%). Dichotomous variables were analysed by Pearson chi-square probe and multivariable logistic regression models at significance level of p<0.05 and odds ratios were calculated with 95% confidence interval. RESULTS - The rate of healthy diet was 41.0% (n=55) among Hungarian students and 57.7% (n=67) among the foreign students. Foreign students exercise more often vigorously 41.5% (n=51) than the Hungarians 20.0% (n=29). Foreign students ranked their self-perceived health status higher in all but one categories, than Hungarians. CONCLUSIONS - The results of our study indicate that comparing health behaviour of students of different cultural-geographical background, dietary habits and the selfperceived health status are more favourable among those out of foreign countries.]



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