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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 228-234

Prevalence and effect of cyberchondria on academic performance among undergraduate dental students: An institutional based study

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences, Narketaplly, Nalgonda, Telangana, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Positive Dental Pvt. Ltd, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Clove Dental Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SVR Dental Hospital, Nalgonda, Telangana, India

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Dr. Siva Kumar Patanapu
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences, Narketaplly Nalgonda, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_272_21

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Background: Cyberchondria has been used to describe an increase in anxiety about one's health status as a result of excessive online searches. These online health research studies were associated with a small but reliable increase in depression and anxiety which may decrease concentration of a student on academics. Methods: The questionnaire was distributed among 302 undergraduate dental students (second year, third year, fourth year, and interns) of Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital. The survey tool comprised Cyberchondria Severity Scale–Short form (CSS-15) questionnaire and percentage of marks obtained in the previous University examination. Statistically significance was set at P < 0.05. Results: A significant difference was observed for subscale Compulsion (p = 0.05*), Distress (p = 0.001*) with a higher mean score among 24-26 years old dental students. Females had significant higher mean score subscales Distress (4.63 ± 2.93; P = 0.02*) and Reassurance (5.99 ± 2.90; P = 0.001*) than males. Regarding overall CSS, significant higher mean scores were observed among the students who scored less than 65% (7.90 ± 2.01) in their last year university academic examination (0.000*). Conclusion: Scheduling educational programs and strengthening easily accessible health services for the students has a particular importance in solving the health problems of young people.

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