Why parents and children agree to become involved in medical student teaching

Pinnock, Ralph, Weller, Jennifer, Shulruf, Boaz, Jones, Rhys, Reed, Peter, and Mizutani, Satomi (2011) Why parents and children agree to become involved in medical student teaching. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47 (4). pp. 204-210.

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Abstract

Aim: Clinical experience in paediatrics is essential for medical undergraduates. This is the first study, of which we are aware, to examine why children of different ages admitted acutely to hospital and their parents agree to become involved in medical student teaching. We wanted to establish whether they considered that they needed to give consent before seeing medical students, whether this was routinely sought and what influenced their decisions.

Methods: Data were collected using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews of parents and children.

Results: Questionnaires were completed by 105 parents of children less than 6 years old, and 34 children between 10 years and 15 years old and their parents. Interviews were conducted with 32 children between the ages of 6 and 10 years and their parents. Most parents and children consider that they have a responsibility to teaching but must always be asked for consent. They were motivated by altruism, but fear of emotional distress or pain can lead them to refuse. Younger children may not be able to give reasons for not wanting to see a medical student but sometimes have firm views, which must be respected. Having seen a medical student previously did influence children's or parents' opinions. Most children who have seen a medical student were prepared to see students again.

Conclusion: Medical students can be reassured that parents and children admitted acutely to a children's hospital have a positive attitude to student involvement and are prepared to help them learn clinical skills, but consent must always be obtained and the child's perspective must always be considered.

Item ID: 28094
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1754
Keywords: consent, education medical, paediatrics, undergraduate
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 06:13
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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