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Table 5 Perceived positive effects associated with the use of prescription stimulants, survey in French-speaking universities, Belgium, 2018

From: Use and misuse of prescription stimulants by university students: a cross-sectional survey in the french-speaking community of Belgium, 2018

Positive effects Medical users (N=254) Misusers (N=441) p-valueb
  n (%) 95%CI a n (%) 95%CI 
Improved concentration 231 (95.9) 92.5-98.0 364 (89.0) 85.6-91.9 0.002
Stay awake / study longer 82 (34.0) 28.1-40.4 235 (57.5) 52.5-62.3 <0.0001
Motivation to study 115 (47.7) 41.3-54.2 205 (50.1) 45.3-55.0 0.6
More energy 92 (38.2) 32.0-44.6 204 (49.9) 45.0-54.7 0.004
Improved results 133 (55.2) 48.7-61.6 170 (41.6) 36.7-46.5 0.0008
Sport performance 16 (6.6) 3.8-10.§ 14 (3.4) 1.9-5.7 0.06
Other 44 (17.4) 12.3-22.6 46 (10.6) 7.8-13.8 0.01
  1. a95%CI: Clopper-Pearson confidence interval
  2. bChi-square test