Table 3

Item-wise responses to barriers to healthcare seeking questionnaire for medical students

Strongly disagree (n)Disagree (n)Agree (n)Strongly agree (n)Wilcoxon W (p value)
1I do not believe a medical student would have a mental health problem that would require the services of a psychologist/psychiatrist1762155515−6.474 (<0.001)*
2I do not believe a medical student would have a physical health problem that would require the services of a general physician245172377
3If I experience a mental health problem, it may be viewed as a sign of weakness by my teachers and peers4614123638−10.413 (<0.001)*
4If I experience a physical health problem, it may be viewed as a sign of weakness by my teachers and peers8723312417
5I would know the necessary steps to take to arrange an appointment for myself with the psychiatry department if needed3914724134−11.252 (<0.001)*
6I would know the necessary steps to take to arrange an appointment for myself with the medicine department if needed55730792
7I would know the necessary steps to take to arrange an appointment for myself with a private psychologist/psychiatrist outside my institute if needed7518018521−9.783 (<0.001)*
8I would know the necessary steps to take to arrange an appointment for myself with a private general physician outside my institute if needed3012026150
9I would have the time to make and attend an appointment with a psychologist/psychiatrist if needed2010128654−7.027 (<0.001)*
10I would have the time to make and attend an appointment with a general physician if needed85832174
11I do not believe that a mental health appointment would be beneficial for myself, as I do not believe a psychologist/psychiatrist could tell me anything I do not already know1162636715−7.626 (<0.001)*
12I do not believe that a physical health appointment would be beneficial for myself, as I do not believe a general physician could tell me anything that I do not already know185236355
13If I were to experience symptoms of a mental health problem, I would think that perhaps I do not have a mental health problem at all but rather I am simply over identifying with the symptoms described in my textbooks and classes1710527465−6.799 (<0.001)*
14If I were to experience symptoms of a physical health problem, I would think that perhaps I do not have a physical health problem at all but rather am simply over identifying with the symptoms described in my textbooks and classes2417622239
15I would feel that attending a psychiatry department would somehow hamper my grades or educational opportunities within my institute and⁄or my future career prospects912579617−10.017 (<0.001)*
16I would feel that attending a medicine department would somehow hamper my grades or educational opportunities within my institute and⁄or my future career prospects161263316
17If I needed mental healthcare, I would be worried that I would either know the psychologist/psychiatrist at my institute or would have to have future dealings with him or her during my period of study here.6716118152−9.125 (<0.001)*
18If I needed physical healthcare, I would be worried that I would either know the physician at my institute or would have to have future dealings with him or her during my period of study here.9722811917
19It is more convenient for me to consult informally with a peer, senior or consultant about my mental health problems than to make a formal documented consultation with prior appointment287026796−5.706 (<0.001)*
20It is more convenient for me to consult informally with a peer, senior or consultant about my physical health problems than to make a formal documented consultation with prior appointment3711424268
21I would feel comfortable self-diagnosing my own mental health problems8919415523−2.801 (0.005)
22I would feel comfortable self-diagnosing my own physical health problems9123012020
23If I needed to see a psychologist/psychiatrist at my institute's psychiatry department, I would be worried about confidentiality, especially about my classmates and/or teachers finding out3112122386−11.306 (<0.001)*
24If I needed to see a physician at my institute's medicine department, I would be worried about confidentiality, especially about my classmates and/or teachers finding out6222014633
25If I choose to see a psychologist/psychiatrist at my institute for my mental health problems, I would be socially ostracised and isolated by my peers7225011821−10.304 (<0.001)*
26If I choose to see a physician at my institute for my physical health problems, I would be socially ostracised and isolated by my peers125300315
27I would prefer alternative and complementary medicine (like homoeopathy or ayurveda) for treatment of mental health problems1362268613−0.657 (0.511)
28I would prefer alternative and complementary medicine (like homoeopathy or ayurveda) for treatment of physical health problems1452168515
  • Comparisons reflect the contrast between mental healthcare seeking and physical health seeking (ie, the alternate odd and even statements) using the paired Wilcoxon signed rank test.

  • *Statistically significant after correction for multiple comparisons.