VCOM Research Day Program Book 2023

Medical Student Research Cl inical

05 Understanding Barriers and Beliefs of Mental Wellbeing Amongst Health Professional Learners

Sara A Worrill; Thomas H Embry; Stephanie E Rathjen; Benjamin J Skinner; Erin Lim; Dr. Edward Magalhaes Corresponding author:

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus

Over the last decade, there has been a significant rise in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in the American population. These conditions are characterized by difficulty focusing, excessive physical movement, and impulsivity. While these disorders are most commonly diagnosed in school aged children and adolescents, there has also been a dramatic increase in the diagnosis of young adults attending college and graduate health programs.

The reasons for this seemingly delayed diagnosis have not been fully explored in current literature. The purpose of this study is to identify and examine factors that contribute to delayed diagnosis and stimulant-based treatment in students attending health education programs: Medical School, Veterinary School, Physician Assistance, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy. This will be a cross-sectional, anonymous survey. The survey will be pilot study consisting of adult health education program learners

throughout the United States of America. We will plan to utilize social media platforms to help provide a link and QR code to the survey. The survey will consist of basic demographical questions along with questions pertaining to mental wellness, views and beliefs about treatment and diagnosis of ADHD/ADD.

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