Intellectual wellness awareness: A neglected area in medical universities of Pakistan

Ayesha Saba Naz, Rehana Rehman, Shah Jahan Katpar, Mehwish Hussain

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Objective: To compare the presence of intellectual wellness awareness in students of public and private sector medical colleges in a metropolitan city. Methods: The cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was conducted from March to November 2011 at Bahria University Medical and Dental College, Karachi, and overall covered five private and 3 public sector medical colleges of the city. The study randomly selected 800 medical students. The responses -- never, sometimes, mostly and always (numbered 0-4) - were analysed in terms of frequency, proportion and percentages using Predictive Analysis Software version 18. Results: Of the 800 forms distributed, 736(92%) completed forms were analysed. Among the respondents, 526 (71.5%) were females. Besides, 450(61%) belonged to private medical colleges and 236(39) were from public medical colleges. The participants of private medical colleges had taken part in intellectual discussions actively compared to those from public colleges (p<0.001). Habit of reading books to acquire knowledge was found in 126(44%) private college students compared to 149(33%) in public colleges (p<0.004). The importance of creative mental activities (p=0.954) and current information about local and international affairs (p<0.564) was deficient in both sets of students. Conclusion: Students of private medical colleges were better in terms of presence of intellectual wellness awareness, took active participation in class discussions, had good reading habits and carefully selected television programmes and movies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-997
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • DREEM score
  • Intellectual wellness
  • Private sector medical colleges
  • Public sector medical colleges


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