Relationship between perceived academic stress and Interleukin 6 levels in health students. Academic Stress and IL-6 levels in health students.

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Paola Vernaza
Jayson Chavarria
Rosa Amalia Dueñas Cuellar
Victoria Eugenia Niño
Gloria Inés Ávila González Ávila González
Julio César Klínger Hernández
Jerónimo Londoño Prieto


Academic stress, IL-6, undergraduate students, Physiotherapy, Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology


Objective: The aim of this research was to evaluate the relationship between academic stress and IL-6 levels in Physiotherapy and Medicine students during three moments of academic semester. Methods: 52 students, 23 from Physiotherapy and 29 from Medicine programs were surveyed with Academic Stressors Academic Scale (SAS) to know academic stress level and IL-6 was quantified in serum. Results: It was found that students who perceive the academic semester as stressful “fairly often” and “many times”, increases in 50%, 75% and 76.9% during the semester; while “anxiety/distress” feeling was predominant. The most frequent SAS scale factors were “methodological deficiencies”, “student overload”, “beliefs about performance”, “lack of content value”, “participation” and “exams”. Conclusions: The study revealed an IL-6 increment, and their association with “Methodological Deficiencies” at 1st moment. This study showed the importance of academic stressors identification at same time that it is a call to construct strategies to reduce stressors in University context.


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