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Table 2 A comparison of the help-seeking perceptions of medical and non-medical undergraduates (UGs), using logistic regression

From: Perceptions and intentions relating to seeking help for depression among medical undergraduates in Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional comparison with non-medical undergraduates

Help-seeking option Option rated as ‘helpful’/‘unhelpful’ Odds of medical UGs giving rating (compared with non-medical UGs)
% of Experts % of Medical UGs (n = 606-618) % of Non-medical UGs (n = 3895-4033)
Adjusted odds ratio [95 % CI] (n = 4480-4629)
Recommended professional/formal options: rated as ‘helpful’ by experts
Psychiatrist 100 89.7 88.8 1.12 [0.82, 1.52]
Psychologist 100 81.2b 64.4a 2.09*** [1.64, 2.65]
Counsellor 89.2 90.9 90.7 1.18 [0.84, 1.65]
Organisation helping people to deal with problems 83.3 51.3a 48.3a 1.01 [0.83, 1.22]
Mental health professional at university psychiatry unit 100 69.3a 70.7b 1.01 [0.82, 1.25]
University medical officer 88.9 51.8a 50.9a 1.24* [1.02, 1.50]
University student counsellor 75.0 78.0 74.9 1.66*** [1.30, 2.12]
Western medicine to improve mood 97.1 49.2a 25.9a 2.40*** [1.97, 2.92]
Get counselling/psychological therapy 100 88.6 88.5 1.17 [0.86, 1.58]
Recommended informal options: rated as ‘helpful’ by experts
Friend from university 88.6 91.3 91.7 1.03 [0.73, 1.46]
Parents 78.4 93.5 92.9 1.35 [0.91, 2.00]
Boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse 83.8 88.9 87.5 0.90 [0.68, 1.21]
Talk to others who have faced similar problems 85.7 84.5 75.3 1.73*** [1.34, 2.23]
Options identified as ‘unhelpful’ by experts
Deal with problem alone 86.1 59.7b 63.2b 1.02 [0.84, 1,25]
  1. *p < .05; ***p < .001
  2. Expert opinion has been used as a benchmark for assessing help-seeking perceptions of undergraduates
  3. awhere the difference in ratings of UGs and mental health experts had a large effect size (≥30 %)
  4. bwhere the difference in ratings of UGs and mental health experts had a medium effect size (≥18 %)