Reacciones físicas y psicológicas de los estudiantes de medicina ante la disección cadavérica en el curso de anatomía humana de una universidad peruana

Richar Alberto Paredes Orue, Juan Coaquira Mamani, Fresia Hidalgo Zevallos, Roxana Paz Aliaga, Ruth Soto Yana, Magnolia Sierra Delgado, Oscar Moreno Loaiza

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Introduction: The physical and psychological well-being is important for an adequate professional training, and a good academic performance in university students. Multiple factors that may affect it have been described, among which we can mention the student's expectations and academic record. Objective: To identify the most frequent physical and psychological reactions to corpse dissection in a Peruvian university. Methods: An observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study was carried out in students of the Anatomy course in a Peruvian medical school. A survey made up of four sections was applied. The first one explored the students' general characteristics (age, sex and origin). The following three sections consisted of a Likert scale with four options, by which the physical, psychological reactions, and disturbances generated in the practice of anatomy were evaluated. Results: The most frequent physical reactions were malaise, discomfort, nausea and sweating, in 45 (57.7 %), 43 (55.1 %), 29 (37.2 %), and 27 (34.6 %) students, respectively. The psychological reactions presented by the students were having thoughts of contamination or dirt, in 42 (53.8 %); appetite loss, in 21 (26.9 %); and stop eating any food, in 18 (23.1 %). None of the reactions was different according to sex. The most frequent disturbances perceived by the students were the smell in the room (94.9 %), the smell of the corpses (91.0 %), and the fear of infection (74.35 %). Conclusion: Corpse dissection in the Human Anatomy course generates physical and psychological reactions in medical students. The most frequent reactions are discomfort, nausea, thoughts of dirt or contamination, and appetite changes.

Título traducido de la contribuciónThe physical and psychological reactions of medical students to corpse dissection in the human anatomy course of a peruvian university
Idioma originalEspañol
Páginas (desde-hasta)47-55
Número de páginas9
PublicaciónRevista Cubana de Educacion Medica Superior
EstadoPublicada - 1 oct. 2018

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Palabras clave

  • Anatomy
  • Dissection
  • Medical education


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