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The attitude of patients towards medical students in a sexual health clinic.
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PMID:  16199748     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To determine patient attitudes toward medical students in the sexual health clinic, and to describe factors associated with patient refusal of medical student involvement. METHOD: A self administered questionnaire was given to 259 consecutive patients attending the general genitourinary medicine clinic. Participants were asked to indicate their attitude to questioning and/or examination by medical students. Information was also collected on sex, age, ethnicity, and previous visits to sexual health clinics and previous exposure to medical students. The proportion of patients reporting comfort with student involvement, and association with age, sex, country of birth, language spoken, and previous experience of student and/or genitourinary medicine clinics are reported. RESULTS: 82.6% of patients agreed to participate. The proportion reporting feeling comfortable with students ranged from 64% for female students questioning them with a doctor present to 35% for a male student questioning them alone. Comfort levels were associated with the sex of the student and previous exposure to medical students, but not age, country of birth, language spoken, or previous attendance at a sexual health clinic. The most common reasons for feeling uncomfortable with students were privacy concerns and poorer quality of care. CONCLUSION: Many patients feel uncomfortable with medical student involvement in a sexual health clinic consultation; particularly patients with no previous contact with medical students. Privacy and standard of care were the most common concerns, which are potentially amenable to change through better explanation of the students' role in the clinic.
N Ryder; D Ivens; C Sabin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexually transmitted infections     Volume:  81     ISSN:  1368-4973     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Transm Infect     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-03     Completed Date:  2005-11-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9805554     Medline TA:  Sex Transm Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  437-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Marlborough Clinic, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Ambulatory Care / psychology*
Education, Medical, Undergraduate*
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction*
Professional-Patient Relations*
Students, Medical* / statistics & numerical data
Treatment Refusal

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