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Medical student involvement in health policy roles.

Malik, Bassit and Ojha, Utkarsh and Khan, Hassan and Begum, Farzana and Khan, Harun and Malik, Qasim (2017) Medical student involvement in health policy roles. Advances in medical education and practice, 8. pp. 735-743. ISSN 1179-7258. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Abstract

Objectives

A teaching curriculum in health policy may be well established in medical school; however, an emphasis on applying taught principles via participation in health policy roles is less defined. We undertook a study to explore medical student participation in health policy roles.

Design and setting

An anonymous online survey via convenience sampling was conducted in the UK.

Participants

A total of 112 students from six medical schools participated in the study.

Outcome measures

The outcome measures were as follows: medical students' beliefs about their current knowledge of health policy and their desire to learn more; their current, past and future involvement in a health policy role, and perceived barriers to involvement.

Results

Forty-seven percent of participants reported previous teaching on health policy, with the majority scoring themselves 2 out of 5 for knowledge about the topic (38%). Seventy-seven percent of participants expressed a desire to be taught health policy while 73% agreed with compulsory teaching. Ninety-six percent of participants reported no current or previous activity in a health policy role, with 61% willing to undertake a role in the future. The three main barriers to student involvement were: a lack of knowledge about health policy (57%), an unawareness of opportunities available (56%), and a lack of time (43%).

Conclusion

In addition to already established teaching programs within medical school, implementation of community-based experiences could improve knowledge of health policy, while providing an opportunity for students to gain experience in health policy committee roles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: L Education
WX Health services > WX135 Health services management
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Depositing User: Miss Emily Johnson
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 13:45
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 13:45
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1467

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