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Korean J Med Educ > Volume 16(1); 2004 > Article
Korean Journal of Medical Education 2004;16(1): 41-50. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2004.16.1.41
의과대학생의 진료 참여에 대한 환자들의 견해
이영미1, 김지훈1, 안덕선1, 김병수2, 유세화2
1고려대학교 의과대학 의학교육학교실
2고려대학교 의과대학 내과학교실
Patients' Attitudes Toward the Involvement of Medical Students in Their Care
Young-Mee Lee1, Ji-Hoon Kim1, Duck-Sun Ahn1, Byung-Soo Kim2, Se-Hwa Yoo2
1Department of Medical Education, Korea University, College of Medicine, Korea.
2Department of Medicine, Korea University, College of Medicine, Korea.
Corresponding Author: Young-Mee Lee, Tel: 02)920-6098, Fax: 02)928-1647, Email: ymleehj@korea.ac.kr
ABSTRACT
PURPOSE: There is a negative assumption that patients are reluctant to have medical students be involved in their care. In response, students refrain from revealing to the patients that they are students in order that they may participate in patient-care. The purpose of this study is to determine whether patients' attitudes towards medical students is negative or positive, and to explore the level acceptable by patients of students' involvement in their care. METHODS: The study subjects were 90 inpatients in two university hospitals. The questionnaire consisted of 12 items covering patient's attitude toward student involvement in their care, acceptable patient-care activities in which students could be involved, and preference for being told if caregiver is a medical student. RESULTS: Patients' attitudes towards students' participation in their care were relatively more favorable than expected. 46.8% of patients reported that they would permit students to be involved up to and including simple non-invasive techniques. 76.2% of patients stated that they would allow students to participate in their future in-hospital care. Most patients preferred knowing that the caregiver was a medical student. CONCLUSION: The results of this study are reassuring. A higher than expected percentage of patients surveyed disclosed that they would accept medical students being involved in their care. Medical educators should provide a safe environment for medical students to be able to tell the patients, "I am a student doctor".
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