Participating in medical education: views of patients and carers living in deprived communities
UNSPECIFIED. (2003) Participating in medical education: views of patients and carers living in deprived communities. MEDICAL EDUCATION, 37 (6). pp. 532-538. ISSN 0308-0110Full text not available from this repository.
Objectives Active patient involvement in community-based education is still relatively novel; in particular, the involvement of patients living in socially and economically deprived areas is still unusual. This study explores the views of patients and carers living in deprived areas on their participation in medical education.
Design A total of 36 patients and 18 parents were interviewed at home by Year 1 students undertaking an accelerated 4-year degree programme. Subsequently, taped interviews using a topic guide were carried out with 18 patients/carers. Their views on their active involvement with medical students are presented here.
Results Most of the patients in this study did not view themselves as teaching the students but considered their role to be more one of partnership, explanation and sharing. They considered that they were the 'best judges' of certain aspects of their illness. These aspects related to psychological, social and behavioural issues, which impacted on both themselves and their families. Patients considered these issues to be as important as the medical condition they were diagnosed with. Patients also raised issues concerning the importance of doctors listening to patients.
Conclusions This study showed that patients living in areas of deprivation were positive about being involved in medical education. They considered their personal experience and knowledge of illness to be an important aspect of student learning. They were happy to share this knowledge and they were very keen that doctors should listen to them. The challenge for medical educators is to ensure that this is achieved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
|Journal or Publication Title:||MEDICAL EDUCATION|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD|
|Official Date:||June 2003|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 532-538|
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