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Revista del Nacional (Itauguá)

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REAL-DELOR, Raúl Emilio et al. Coping with death in Paraguayan medical students in August 2021: a multicenter study. Rev. Nac. (Itauguá) [online]. 2021, vol.13, n.2, pp.40-53. ISSN 2072-8174.


coping with death is one of the most difficult tasks that medical students have to face.


to determine the level of coping with death in medical students.


we conducted an observational, cross-sectional, multicenter study. We included men and women, medical students from public and private universities from Paraguay in 2021, who agreed to participate in the study. A telematic questionnaire was used. Sociodemographic variables were measured. The level of coping was determined with the Bugen scale. The research was approved by the Comité de Ética of the Universidad Privada del Este, Asunción.


504 students were included, 74 % being female and with a mean age of 22 ± 4 years. Most were born in Paraguay (88 %), were Catholic (73 %), registered as an organ donor (60 %), and had a recent history of the death of a family member or friend (76 %). The Bugen scale detected a low level of coping with death in 52 % of the women and 42 % of the men (p <0.05).


coping with death in medical students was low. It is suggested to include courses or workshops to improve this aspect in the curriculum of the medical schools of Paraguay.

Palavras-chave : attitude to death; students; medical; medical schools; Paraguay.

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