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What do patients attending an antenatal clinic know about the role of resident physicians?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20181318     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To assess antenatal patients' working knowledge of resident physicians involved with their care. METHODS: A prospective short-answer survey was distributed to a convenience sample of 120 consecutive patients of a busy obstetrical practice in a teaching hospital in 2006. Patients were asked about resident physicians' roles and responsibilities, level of education, hours of work, and relationship to the attending physician. RESULTS: The majority of patients had attended the teaching hospital within the preceding year and had also previously delivered a baby at the hospital. Only 7% of patient participants correctly identified a resident as actively involved in their care and only 18% correctly identified the attending physician as the residents' supervisor and/or educator. Most patients correctly identified the resident's highest level of education as university (90%) and knew that the resident was under the supervision of the attending physician (70%). Except the 5% of participants who answered "don't know," all respondents greatly underestimated residents' average weekly hours of work. CONCLUSIONS: Patient knowledge of the role of the resident physician in the health care team is lacking. Increasingly, patients wish to be educated and engaged in their health care management. Given the significant role of residents in patient care in Canada's teaching centres, further attention should be paid to finding out what patients wish to know about their care providers and providing them with that knowledge.
Authors:
Meriah Fahey; Margaret Burnett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada : JOGC = Journal d'obst?trique et gyn?cologie du Canada : JOGC     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1701-2163     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol Can     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-25     Completed Date:  2010-05-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101126664     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol Can     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  160-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Canada
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Hospitals, Teaching
Humans
Internship and Residency*
Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
Pregnancy
Prenatal Care*
Prospective Studies
Questionnaires
Role*

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