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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-123

Pattern of mobile phone usage among medical students

1 Department of Pharmacology, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, U.P. University of Medical Sciences, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Uma Advani
Department of Pharmacology, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_61_18

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Aims and Objectives: The aim is to study the pattern of mobile phone usage among medical students. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among medical students of 2nd year MBBS at SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. A preformed, pretested questionnaire was used. Data were analyzed statistically by simple proportions. Results: The response rate was 92.13%. Of 164 students, 96 were male and 68 were female. The mean age of students was 20.04 ± 0.67. Almost 100% of respondents had smartphones. Nearly 48% of students had downloaded medical apps on their mobile phones. The most common age group of starting internet use among the respondents was 11–20 years. Daily use of the internet was 3–6 h/day by most of the medical students. Most of the students used mobile phones for the purpose of social networking (n = 76) followed by online shopping (n = 56). About 32.92% of students used mobile for academic purpose. Nearly 59.75% of students obtained 41%–60% of marks in spite of extensively using smartphones which shows that they are rationally using their phones in improving their academic performance. The association between time in hours spent on mobile phones and marks obtained in the examination held in the past 3 months was statistically nonsignificant (χ2 = 10.369, degree of freedom = 9,P= 0.321). About 57.29% of students were suffering from nomophobia (NMP), 26.82% of students were at risk of NMP, and only 13.20% of students were having no NMP. Nearly 58.53% of students had ringxiety. Conclusion: Our study gives a brief idea about the addiction of mobile phones among medical students. There is a definite need of further studies in this field. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Practice-based learning and improvement, Medical knowledge, Interpersonal and communication skills, Professionalism.

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