Internet Addiction in a Group of Medical Students: A Cross Sectional Study.

Internet addiction in a group of medical students: a cross sectional study.

Nepal Med Coll J. 2012 Mar; 14(1): 46-8
Pramanik T, Sherpa MT, Shrestha R

The use of Internet for education, recreation and communication is increasing day by day. Nevertheless, the possibility of exploitation and addiction leading to impairment in academic performance and emotional balance cannot be denied, especially among young population. The study was aimed to measure the degree of Internet addiction among a group of medical students. Internet addiction test questionnaire developed by Young was used to assess mild, moderate and severe addiction. Amongst the study population (n=130, age 19-23 years), 40% had mild addiction. Moderate and severe addiction was found in 41.53% and 3.07% of the participants respectively. The study revealed that 24% often and 19.2% always found themselves using Internet longer than they had planned or thought. Late night Internet surfing leading to sleep deprivation was found in 31.53% of the participants. Almost one fourth of them (25.38%) occasionally tried to cut down the time they spent on the Internet but failed and 31.53% sometimes experienced restlessness when deprived of Internet access. Results reflected that a significant number of participants suffered from mild to moderate addiction. The role of counseling and education should be emphasized for prevention of Internet addiction. HubMed – addiction


Organizational environment of outpatient drug treatment services in Hungary: a pilot study.

Cent Eur J Public Health. 2012 Dec; 20(4): 294-6
Gazdag G, Ungvari GS, Rozália T, Rácz J

Organizations engaged in drug addiction treatment started their activities only recently in Hungary. This paper examines the organisational environment in drug outpatient treatment using the example of Blue Point Foundation (BPF), a non-governmental organization (NGO). The authors describe BPF’s organizational structure and functioning related to its effectiveness.BPF staff members anonymously completed a 59-item questionnaire about its organizational characteristics and functioning. The questionnaire covered demographic data, 50 items of the Quality Control questionnaire and a SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.Policy and strategy were considered BPF’s best feature, while the management of funds received the lowest rating. The assessment of the staff and that of the organization as a whole was closer to the midpoint of the scale.High risk of staff burnout and unstable organizational environment are the most important threats on the NGOs working in addictology in Hungary. HubMed – addiction



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