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Contatto con morte, malattia e scelta della carriera
nelle professioni sanitarie non mediche
e negli studenti di economia: un'analisi trasversale. / [Contact with death or illness and career choice in non-medical health
professions and business students: a cross-sectional analysis].

Assist Inferm Ric; 35(1): 16-21, 2016 Jan-Mar.
Artículo en Italiano | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27183421
UNLABELLED: . Contact with death or illness and career choice in non-medical health professions and business students: a cross-sectional analysis.

PURPOSE:

It is anecdotally reported that a personal severe illness or the death of a significant person might be key reasons for the choice of a career in the non-medical health professions.

AIM:

The aim of the questionnaire was to explore past relevant life events before starting professional studies (severe personal illness; severe illness or death of a significant person; drug addiction of a relative or friend) by comparing students of nursing or other non medical health professions with business students.

METHODS:

An anonymous questionnaire with standardized closed questions was distributed in 2010 to a group of bachelor students of non-medical health professions (nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and rescue care) and to a control group of business students at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.

RESULTS:

Students of non-medical health professions had been, compared to business students, significantly more exposed to severe illnesses or the death of a relative (OR 3.070, CI95% 1.716-5.494), to personal severe illness (OR 3.950, CI95% 1.384-11.279) and to addiction of a relative or friend (OR 2.672, CI95% 1.316-5.422) before starting their professional studies.

CONCLUSIONS:

This cross-sectional analysis suggests that exposure to a severe illness or death may play an important role in the choice of career, probably by supporting intrinsic motivations. Further research should explore the role of those past life experience in professional behavior.