Inclusion of rehabilitation medicine concepts in school of medicine resources

Graham, Susan, Eley, Diann, Cameron, Ian and Thistlethwaite, Jill (2013) Inclusion of rehabilitation medicine concepts in school of medicine resources. Disability and Rehabilitation, Early Online 1-7. doi:10.3109/09638288.2013.851743

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Author Graham, Susan
Eley, Diann
Cameron, Ian
Thistlethwaite, Jill
Title Inclusion of rehabilitation medicine concepts in school of medicine resources
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8288
Publication date 2013-11-07
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2013.851743
Volume Early Online
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To perform a gap analysis of rehabilitation medicine learning objectives (RMLOs) coverage within school of medicine (SOM) curriculum and educational resources as a basis for development of educational resources to fill any identified gaps.

Method: Following ethics approval, interviews were carried out with SOM academics and clinicians to assess the relevance of a set of RMLOs and the extent to which RMLOs were addressed in SOM resources. Interviewee opinion was quantified via Likert scales and additional free comments were subjected to thematic analysis.

Results: Most RMLOs were perceived as relevant by more than half of the 18 participants. There was evidence of relevant material relating to each RMLO in SOM resources. Thematic analysis suggested that rehabilitation medicine was addressed at the SOM in less detail than outlined in the RMLOs, and that additional rehabilitation content could be included in SOM resources across a number of courses and year levels.

Conclusions: Rehabilitation medicine is considered relevant by clinicians and academics at the SOM. The most effective way of filling identified gaps in coverage of rehabilitation medicine at the SOM will be via engagement across a number of medical and surgical disciplines.

Implications for Rehabilitation
• Rehabilitation-related knowledge and skills are relevant to medical education.
• Many of these issues are already partially addressed in existing educational resources.
• The design and delivery of medical school curricula should include a trans-disciplinary and inter-year approach to the inclusion of rehabilitation concepts and aptitudes.
• This could be done by introducing relevant concepts early, making resources available online, and embedding rehabilitation items across different disciplines, courses and assessments.
Keyword Educational resources
Learning objectives
Medical students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Posted online on November 7, 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 25 Nov 2013, 21:08:41 EST by Diann Eley on behalf of Medicine - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital