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The Attitude of Patients Towards the Presence of Medical Students in a Breast Clinic: A Self-Administered Questionnaire Based Audit

Amtul R Carmichael1*, Alan M Nevill2, A Shafee Sami3 and Grace Mayr4
1 Consultant Breast Surgeon, Russells Hall Hospital, Pensnett Road, Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom
2 Medical Student, Medical School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
3 Research Institute of Healthcare Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus, Gorway Road, Walsall, United Kingdom
4 Specialty Doctor, Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, United Kingdom
Corresponding Author : Amtul R Carmichael
Consultant Breast Surgeon
Russells Hall Hospital, Pensnett Road
Dudley, West Midlands, DY21 HQ, United Kingdom
Tel: 01384244015
E-mail: [email protected]
Received April 18, 2014; Accepted May 29, 2014; Published May 31, 2014
Citation: Carmichael AR, Nevill AM, Sami AS, Mayr G (2014) The Attitude of Patients Towards the Presence of Medical Students in a Breast Clinic: A Self-Administered Questionnaire Based Audit. J Biosafety Health Educ 2:115. doi:10.4172/2332-0893.1000115
Copyright: © 2014 Carmichael AR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Background: It is widely acknowledged that medical students need to learn the skills involved in a breast clinic, such as history taking, examination technique, requesting appropriate investigations, giving bad news effectively and adequate post-operative care. In order to gain these skills, medical students are required to attend breast clinics necessitating patient participation. The aim of this audit was to investigate the difference in attitudes of patients towards the presence of male and female medical students in a breast clinic. Methods: In a breast clinic in two teaching hospitals, 132 consecutive patients completed a confidential, self administered questionnaire before the clinical consultation. Results: Only 30% of patients were comfortable with a male medical student taking their history compared to 48% with a female medical student. While 23% of patients were comfortable with a male medical student examining them compared to 45% with a female medical student. Discussion: The perceived acceptance of patients towards the presence of male medical students in a breast clinic is relatively low, potentially highlighting a need for adaptive teaching techniques such as the use of patient focused simulation.

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