Medical students as health advocates for adults with intellectual disability in an annual comprehensive health review process

Lane, M., Taylor, M., Ewin, M., Schafer, J., Mitchell, G. and Lennox, N. (2011). Medical students as health advocates for adults with intellectual disability in an annual comprehensive health review process. In: School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Conference, St. Lucia, QLD, Australia, (). 4 November 2011.

Author Lane, M.
Taylor, M.
Ewin, M.
Schafer, J.
Mitchell, G.
Lennox, N.
Title of paper Medical students as health advocates for adults with intellectual disability in an annual comprehensive health review process
Conference name School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Conference
Conference location St. Lucia, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 4 November 2011
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Oral presentation
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Aims: To address barriers to comprehensive health care of adults with intellectual disability by early exposure of medical students to a systematic preventive care initiative.

Method: Six second year medical students were recruited via Blackboard announcement and a short presentation during lectures. As an alternative to their formative portfolio assignment, students would interview patients, carers and family, then attend the doctor’s visit with the patient to observe the CHAP for their patient. A written assignment containing personal goals and reflections was submitted, and face-­‐to-­‐face interviews were subsequently conducted.

Results: Themes emerging from interviews include high student satisfaction with project, self-­- reported improvement in student communication skills, and experienced difficulty with advocacy role. They noted that barriers to care are multifactorial and can include both the healthcare system and care provider factors.

Conclusions: This project exposes students to the concepts of advocacy, collateral history taking, modified communication skills and the barriers to systematic and preventative healthcare.
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