The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM): Perception of educational environment and its impact on academic performance of medical, dental and pharmacy students
Objective: To assess the perceptions of health professional students to educational environment and to ascertain differences among gender and faculties. The study also assesses the internal consistency of DREEM questionnaire of health profession students.
Methods: A cross sectional, institutional based study was done during March to June 2017 among students of health professions of faculty of medicine and faculty of pharmacy at Hamdard University, Karachi. Using proportionate quota sampling technique, DREEM questionnaire was administered to both medical and pharmacy undergraduate students. Data was analysed by SPSS version 22. Descriptive statistics was used to calculate mean with standard deviation of overall DREEM and its five subscales. Independent sample t-test was used to identify gender and faculty related differences between perception of educational environment. Cronbach’s alpha was also calculated to test the reliability of DREEM questionnaire.
Results: Out of 6oo students, fifty percent were selected from each faculty in which 327 (54.5%) were male students. Total mean score of DREEM was 130.1/200 (65%). Student’s academic self-perception domain got the highest score (97.1%) and the lowest score in students’ perceptions of atmosphere (47.7%). Statistically significant differences (P < 0.05) was found between student’s social self-perception and gender. A high level of reliability was found for the total DREEM inventory with an alpha coefficient of 0.82.
Conclusion: More positive than negative educational environment of the university was found with no differences among medical and pharmacy students.
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