Teaching research in paediatrics: a "hands on" experience for medical students

Aggarwal, S., Chadha, P., Kalia, S., Richardson, S., Winterbottom, L., and Shields, L. (2009) Teaching research in paediatrics: a "hands on" experience for medical students. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal, 10 (3). pp. 70-77.

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Aim: To teach medical students about the methods, ethics and practicalities of conducting social science research, using a "hands on" approach.

Methods: For a Student Selected Component (elective) offered by the Hull York Medical School, five students, under supervision, conducted a pilot study of a research project about family-centred care in three children's hospitals in the UK. They used a set of questionnaires for parents of hospitalised children, and staff, developed in Australia.

Results: The students all scored highly on assessment and demonstrated that they had learned much about research methods and the ethics surrounding data collection with families in a hospital setting. The results confirmed the reliability of the tool for use in the UK.

Conclusions: The students learned about social science research, its methods, ethical issues and practical problems surrounding data collection.

Item ID: 24073
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-1100
Keywords: education, social medicine
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2012 02:25
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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