A comparison study of perceived stress and quality of life among Master of Pharmacy and non-pharmacy master’s students


  • Ammar Ihsan Awadh Department of Pharmacy Practice, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Noorizan Abdul Aziz Clinical Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam Campus
  • Saramd Nabhan Yaseen School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
  • Shaymaa Abdalwahed Abdulameer School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
  • Mohanad Naji Sahib School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
  • Omer Qutaiba B Al-Lela Department of Pharmacy Practice, Kulliyyah of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia


Mental, Physical, Postgraduate Students, Stress


Background: Postgraduate students often live with an excessive amount of stress, which can have negative academic, emotional and health-related outcomes.

Aim: To examine perceived stress and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) students compared to non-pharmacy master’s students (Non-MPharm).

Method: The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), SF-12v2 survey and a questionnaire instruments were used to measure stress, HRQOL and factors that MPharm students believed produced and alleviated stress, respectively.

Results: One hundred percent of MPharm students (n=26) and 88% of Non-MPharm students (n=100) participated in this study. The mean PSS scores were insignificantly different between the MPharm students and Non-MPharm students. Negative correlations were found between stress and mental and physical HRQOL in MPharm students. However, only negative correlation between stress and mental HRQOL in Non-MPharm students.

Conclusion: MPharm students reported relatively lower levels of stress and mental HRQOL than Non-MPharm students did. 


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