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Prevalence of Nomophobia and Its Association with Academic Performance Among Physiotherapy Students in Saudi Arabia: A Cross- Sectional Survey

Aldhahir, Abdulelah M; Bintalib, Heba M; Alhotye, Munyra; Alqahtani, Jaber S; Alqarni, Omar A; Alqarni, Abdullah A; Alshehri, Khadijah N; ... Alzahrani, Eidan M; + view all (2023) Prevalence of Nomophobia and Its Association with Academic Performance Among Physiotherapy Students in Saudi Arabia: A Cross- Sectional Survey. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare , 16 pp. 2091-2100. 10.2147/JMDH.S415891. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Nomophobia is common among students in many healthcare disciplines, and its association with academic performance has been explore before. However, there is no available data on its prevalence and association with academic performance among undergraduate physiotherapy (PT) students in Saudi Arabia. METHODS: Between 22 December 2022 and 30 January 2023, a cross-sectional survey was conducted by dissemination using an online platform (Survey Monkey). RESULTS: In total, 806 PT students, with males accounting for 494 (61%), responded to the survey. The prevalence of nomophobia among PT students was 98.4% (793). The mean (±SD) of the total NMP-Q items scores was 49 (± 17), indicating a mild level of nomophobia. Female PT students had significantly higher nomophobia scores than the males (47 (39– 65); 44 (38– 52); (p < 0.001)). Non-smokers had significant higher nomophobia scores than smokers (46 (38– 61); 44 (38– 49); (p = 0.004)). Regarding grade point averages (GPA), the students with a GPA of less than 3.49 had the highest nomophobia score (51 (43– 74); p < 0.001)). Concerning the stage of their studies, bridging students had the highest nomophobia score (51 (34– 76); p = 0.023)). Regarding academic warnings, those who reported no academic warnings had the highest nomophobia score (46 (42– 50); p = 0.023)). Finally, regarding study hours, the students who spent ≥ five hours studying per week had the highest nomophobia score (54 (42– 68); p < 0.001)). CONCLUSION: Nomophobia is common among PT students, with the majority experiencing a mild level. Being female, non-smoker, and having a higher academic performance were risk factors associated with higher nomophobia levels.

Type: Article
Title: Prevalence of Nomophobia and Its Association with Academic Performance Among Physiotherapy Students in Saudi Arabia: A Cross- Sectional Survey
Location: New Zealand
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2147/JMDH.S415891
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S415891
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Author(s). This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at https://www.dovepress.com/terms.php and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.
Keywords: Nomophobia, physiotherapy, PT, Saudi Arabia
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10180314
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