Exploring neurophobia in medical students in Mexico

Exploración del nivel de Neurofobia en estudiantes de medicina en México
Irma Elisa Eraña Rojasa, Nancy de los Ángeles Segura-Azuaraa y Mildred Vanessa López Cabreraa

a Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, México

Recibido el 26 de enero de 2017; aceptado el 17 de mayo de 2017

Palabras Clave

Neurología; Estudiante de medicina; Neurofobia

Keywords

Neurology; Medical student; Neurophobia


Abstract

Introduction: Neurophobia, or fear of neurology, means that medical students are unable to effectively treat neurology patients.

Objective: The objective of this study is to measure the level of neurophobia in medical students, using a self-evaluation scale, as well as their attitudes towards facing neurology patients.

Method: A quantitative, descriptive and cross-sectional study was conducted with a sample of 131 students in a medical school in Mexico. A questionnaire was adapted into eight items assessing the fear towards: complexity of neurosciences, clinical care of the neurology patient, and lack of knowledge and procedure abilities.

Results: Statistical analysis included the internal consistency of the measurement tool and descriptive statistical trends.

Conclusions: The results showed that students attributed this anxiety specifically to treating patients with neurological illnesses, and to the complexity of the neurosciences.