3 years ago

Use of Portable Digital Devices to Analyze Autonomic Stress Response in Psychology Objective Structured Clinical Examination

Pablo Ruisoto-Palomera, Alberto Bellido-Esteban, Ana Isabel Beltrán-Velasco, Vicente Javier Clemente-Suárez

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to explore changes in the autonomic stress response of Psychology students in a Psychology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and their relationship with OSCE performance. Variables of autonomic modulation by the analysis of heart rate variability in temporal, frequency and non-linear domains, subjective perception of distress strait and academic performance were measured before and after the two different evaluations that composed the OSCE. A psychology objective structured clinical examination composed by two different evaluation scenarios produced a large anxiety anticipatory response, a habituation response in the first of the evaluation scenarios and a in the entire evaluation, and a no habituation response in the second evaluation scenario. Autonomic modulation parameters do not correlate with academic performance of students.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10916-018-0893-x

DOI: 10.1007/s10916-018-0893-x

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