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Spanish medical students and Family Medicine. Data from the two phases of a national questionnaire.
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PMID:  22995410     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the perceptions and expectations about Family Practice (FP) and Primary Care (PC) in 1st, 3rd and 5th year students in medical schools. DESIGN: An observational study in two cross sections with intervals of two years. LOCATION: Spanish Medical Schools. PARTICIPANTS: 1st, 3rd and 5th year students of 22 schools (1st phase) and 15 (second phase). PRIMARY MEASUREMENTS: Self-report questionnaires completed during the first quarter of the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 academic years. It had 70 items in three blocks: perceptions of FP (19 items), training in FP (26 items), expectations and preferences (25 items), plus 13 specific items for 3rd and 5th year students. Most of the items were answered in a 6 point Likert scale. RESULTS: A total of 5299 responses in phase I, and 3869 in phase II were received. Students perceive FP and PC as essential areas of the health system and professional practice, but with little scientific and technical appeal. The large majortiy, 87%, consider training in FP necessary and compulsory, and it should start in third year. They prefer hospital medical specialities (88-89%), followed by surgical and paediatrics. FP is preferred by the 37-39%. Only between 24% and 28% of students have a clear preference for a specialty when they start medical studies. CONCLUSIONS: FP and PC are key areas and should be part of the curriculum, but are perceived to be of low scientific appeal.
Amando Martín Zurro; Josep Jiménez Villa; Antonio Monreal Hijar; Xavier Mundet Tuduri; Angel Otero Puime; Pablo Alonso Coello;
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Atencion primaria / Sociedad Espanola de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1578-1275     ISO Abbreviation:  Aten Primaria     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111075     Medline TA:  Aten Primaria     Country:  -    
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Languages:  SPA     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.
División de Planificación y Evaluación Operativa, Servicio Catalán de la Salud, España; Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Atención Primaria Jordi Gol, Barcelona, España. Electronic address:
Vernacular Title:
Los estudiantes de medicina españoles y la medicina de familia. Datos de las 2 fases de una encuesta estatal.
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