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RMJ. 2019; 44(4): 840-843

Comparison of health promoting lifestyle profile among medical students of non-clinical and clinical years

Fouzia Batool,Hania Farheen,Aqsa Rehan,Sania Kiani,Amna Nadeem.


Objective: To determine the health promoting lifestyle in medical students and to compare the differences in health promoting lifestyle between non-clinical and clinical years of study.
Methodology: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted on 311 medical students of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan from July to December 2017. Non probability convenient sampling technique was used. Students of both genders aged 18 to 25 years studying in 1st 2nd 4th and 5th years of medical colleges were included, while those with any chronic illness were excluded from the study. Standard questionnaire Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile –II (HPLP-II-) was used. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 21.
Results: Out of 311 participants, 168(54%) were clinical and 143(46%) non-clinical. The mean age of the students in non-clinical group was 19.86±1.265 years and clinical group was 22.78± 0.815 years. There was no statistically significant (p>0.05) difference in the total mean and subscales score of health promoting lifestyle profile. Students scored their lowest mean in physical activity in both non-clinical (2.15±0.51) and clinical (2.03±0.64) groups. The highest mean was recorded in spiritual growth in both clinical (2.78±0.55) and non-clinical (2.80±0.49) group.
Conclusion: Overall health promoting lifestyle profile of medical students was of medium level. The highest and lowest means were observed in spiritual growth and physical activity, respectively.

Key words: Health promoting lifestyle profile, Medical students, Nutrition, Physical activity, Poor health, Spiritual growth.

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