Id 328 Patients’ Attitudes Towards Medical Students In A University Family Practice - A Sri Lankan Experience

Ramanayake R, Sumathipala W, Rajakaruna I, Ariyapala D
Sri Lanka
Aim(s) or purpose: The Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya conducts a one-month undergraduate 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. Research was carried out to know the patients’ attitudes towards student participation during consultation.
Design and method: Descriptive cross sectional study was carried out at the university family practice to determine patients’ views. 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 were 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 contribute for the undergraduate training.
Conclusions: 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.
ID 328
Patients’ attitudes towards medical students in a university family practice - a Sri Lankan experience