Parent attitudes towards medical student attendance and interaction in the paediatric burns outpatient clinic

Sakata, Shinichiro, McBride, Craig A. and Kimble, Roy M. (2010) Parent attitudes towards medical student attendance and interaction in the paediatric burns outpatient clinic. Burns, 36 3: 418-421. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2009.05.019

Author Sakata, Shinichiro
McBride, Craig A.
Kimble, Roy M.
Title Parent attitudes towards medical student attendance and interaction in the paediatric burns outpatient clinic
Journal name Burns   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4179
Publication date 2010-05
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.burns.2009.05.019
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 418
End page 421
Total pages 4
Editor S. Wolf
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified
920401 Behaviour and Health
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Medical student attendance in the Outpatient Department is not only essential for the teaching of paediatric burns, but is also important in the recruitment of promising individuals for the growth of our speciality. In 2008, 110 consecutive parents were asked to complete written surveys before the start of their clinic appointment. Only one parent per family could choose to complete the survey. The response rate was 100%. Parents from a diverse range of cultural, educational and socioeconomic were represented in this study. Eighteen parents (16.4%), 48 parents (46.3%) and 44 parents (40.0%) considered their child's burn to be severe, moderate and mild, respectively. One hundred and nine parents (99.1%) accepted the attendance of medical students. Forty-two parents (38.5%) preferred fewer than 3 students, 35 parents (32.1%) would be comfortable with 3–5 medical students and 32 parents (29.4%) could accept more than 6 medical students. One hundred and two parents (92.7%) would allow students to physically interact with their children and 108 parents (99.2%) would allow medical students to freely ask questions in burns clinic. Using logistic regression analysis, we found that high income earners would be comfortable with fewer medical students attending clinic than low income earners (p = 0.007). Also, younger parents (p = 0.002) and parents from families who made less than A$25,000 a year (p = 0.009), believed that they could perceive ‘a lot of benefit’ from observing medical students being taught, whereas older parents and parents from higher income families responded more often with a perception of only ‘some benefit’. This first study in a paediatric outpatient setting shows that parents are overwhelmingly prepared to have medical students involved in the care of their child. Crown Copyright © 2009.
Keyword Education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 14 December 2009.

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