University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Physician Assistant Education


Mark E. Archambault, DHSc, PA-C


Purpose: The purpose of this article is to investigate the effectiveness of stress awareness programs on student performance during healthcare education training and to support institutional investment in such programs.

Methods: A literature search performed using six databases (PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Health and Medical Collection, and PsycNET) including the following key terms: “stress awareness”, “healthcare education”, “student performance”, “burnout”, and “mindfulness”. Search results provided 1486 titles with 102 relevant articles. Eighteen pertinent articles were selected for review based on the quality and relevance of the study.

Results: The majority of students in healthcare education are experiencing stress at different levels and could use support for better outcomes. Programs that have implemented stress awareness programs have reported positive results from students.

Conclusion: Stress is subjective and ranges in severity. There is no argument regarding the rigor of medical training and the impact it can have on a student academically, intellectually, emotionally, and personally. The essential takeaway is having an awareness of the damage, influence, and effects stress can have on healthcare education and the need for prevention.

Stress awareness programs can have a positive effect on student performance for the entire duration of healthcare education. However, study and review are required to discern the most effective intervention for stress prevention in healthcare education. In conclusion, a lack of response can lead to student harm that ranges in severity and including high attrition rates.


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