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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-126

Patients' Attitudes Towards Medical Students in a Teaching Family Practice: A Sri Lankan Experience


Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, Sri Lanka

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R.P.J.C. Ramanayake
Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, P.O. Box 6, Talagolla Road,Ragama
Sri Lanka
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.104982

PMID: 24479020

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Background: Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka conducts a one month under graduate training programme during their fourth year at the University family practice centre. Students get training in history taking, clinical examination, patient management and practice management during this attachment. This study was conducted to look at the patients' attitude towards student participation during consultation. Materials and Methods: This was a descriptive cross sectional study. All the patients who were 16 years and above during a 2 month period were included in the study. Structured questionnaire was administered by demonstrators following a consultation where students were present. Their demographic data, number of consultations with student participation and questions related to presence of students at various stages of the consultation were asked. Results: Total of 85 patients took part in the study and 81.3% of them were females. 88.8% were of the opinion that they benefited by the interaction with medical students while 93.8% thought students understood their problems. 26.3% patients preferred a medical student of the same sex during consultation while 71.3 had not expressed any opinion in this regard. Only 3.8% and 5% wanted the doctor alone during history taking and examination respectively. Almost every patient was happy that they could help the undergraduate training. Discussion: As expected results of the study showed that patients were willing to take part in undergraduate training without any reservation. These results are compatible with the previous studies done in the western world and data is not available form either Sri Lanka or other Asian countries.


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