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Applications for fees waivers on medical and psychiatric grounds at an Irish third-level college.
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PMID:  19184603     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: Physical and mental illness present substantial challenges to college students and authorities.
AIMS: (1) To characterize medical and psychiatric reasons underlying requests for fees waivers at an Irish third-level college; (2) to identify information included in applications; and (3) to develop proposals for standardizing applications.
METHODS: We examined all applications for exemption from fees for medical or psychiatric reasons over two academic years at an Irish third-level college.
RESULTS: Two hundred and twenty-two students applied for exemptions; 91% were successful. Psychiatric problems were more common than physical illness (64.1 vs. 27.9%). There was wide variation in details provided in applications with few providing details on likely ongoing duration of illness (5.0%).
CONCLUSIONS: We recommend that (a) a structured medical application form be completed by medical practitioners supporting applications; (b) a medical practitioner review applications; and (c) there should be annual re-audit of this process.
D C White; B D Kelly; P Casey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish journal of medical science     Volume:  178     ISSN:  1863-4362     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir J Med Sci     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806864     Medline TA:  Ir J Med Sci     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  503-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Adult Psychiatry, University College Dublin, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Ireland.
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