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Exploring students' perceptions of stress levels

What are healthcare students’ perceptions on their own stress levels and coping strategies during clinical placement?

What are healthcare students’ perceptions on their own stress levels and coping strategies during clinical placement?

Background

Healthcare students are required to complete a mandatory amount of theory and practice hours throughout the duration of their course, including clinical placements. These have been identified as a major source of stress for students, as explored in a systematic review carried out by Pulido-Martos et al (2006). This stress can lead to poor health, absenteeism and attrition from the course of study (Eick et al 2012, Galbraith et al 2014).

However, Wray et al (2010) found that stress caused by clinical placements is an area where healthcare students could receive more support to reduce stress levels, therefore improving practice, and avoiding absence and attrition.

Aim and method

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