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Standardised patients with intellectual disabilities in training tomorrow's doctors

Thomas, B; Courtenay, K; Hassiotis, A; Strydom, A; Rantell, K; (2014) Standardised patients with intellectual disabilities in training tomorrow's doctors. Psychiatric Bulletin , 38 (3) pp. 132-136. 10.1192/pb.bp.113.043547. Green open access

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Abstract

Aims and method: To develop a programme to help undergraduate medical students and postgraduate trainees to improve their skills in communicating with people with intellectual disabilities through teaching sessions that had input from simulated patients with intellectual disabilities. We conducted four sessions of training for 47 undergraduate 4th-year medical students. The training involved a multiprofessional taught session followed by a clinical scenario role-play with simulated patients who were people with intellectual disabilities. The training was assessed by completing the healthcare provider questionnaire before and after the training. / Results: There were improvements in the students' perceived skill, comfort and the type of clinical approach across all three scenarios. / Clinical implications: By involving people with intellectual disabilities in training medical students there has been a significant improvement in students' communication skills in areas of perceived skills, comfort and type of clinical approach which will raise the quality of care provided by them in the future.

Type: Article
Title: Standardised patients with intellectual disabilities in training tomorrow's doctors
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.113.043547
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/pb.bp.113.043547
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 The Royal College of Psychiatrists. This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1450319
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