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Article: Medical students as observers in theatre: Is an explicit consent necessary?

TitleMedical students as observers in theatre: Is an explicit consent necessary?
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.theclinicalteacher.com/
Citation
Clinical Teacher, 2011, v. 8 n. 2, p. 122-125 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Obtaining consent before engaging patients in teaching activities is essential. The presence of medical students as observers in the operating theatre is sometimes overlooked as a form of teaching activity, in which patients could have become unwitting or unwilling participants. Purpose: To investigate patients' attitudes towards student observers in theatre. Method: A cross-sectional, voluntary, guided questionnaire survey on 225 general surgical patients at a teaching hospital. Results: Over two-thirds of patients would accept student observers, and regard a prior consent process as essential. Gender, level of education, subjective state of health and the perceived risk of surgery were not found to influence their decisions. Younger patients were more likely to refuse observers. Close to 10percent of patients who were happy to participate in bedside teaching would not accept theatre observers, whereas 25percent who were not happy to participate in bedside teaching would accept theatre observers. Conclusion: An explicit consent process is essential for theatre-based teaching, even when students are simply acting as observers. Patients who are willing to participate in ward-based teaching should not be presumed to accept theatre observers. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2011.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/134481
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.495
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dc.contributor.authorLeung, GKKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorPatil, NGen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-17T09:21:42Z-
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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationClinical Teacher, 2011, v. 8 n. 2, p. 122-125en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1743-4971en_HK
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dc.description.abstractBackground: Obtaining consent before engaging patients in teaching activities is essential. The presence of medical students as observers in the operating theatre is sometimes overlooked as a form of teaching activity, in which patients could have become unwitting or unwilling participants. Purpose: To investigate patients' attitudes towards student observers in theatre. Method: A cross-sectional, voluntary, guided questionnaire survey on 225 general surgical patients at a teaching hospital. Results: Over two-thirds of patients would accept student observers, and regard a prior consent process as essential. Gender, level of education, subjective state of health and the perceived risk of surgery were not found to influence their decisions. Younger patients were more likely to refuse observers. Close to 10percent of patients who were happy to participate in bedside teaching would not accept theatre observers, whereas 25percent who were not happy to participate in bedside teaching would accept theatre observers. Conclusion: An explicit consent process is essential for theatre-based teaching, even when students are simply acting as observers. Patients who are willing to participate in ward-based teaching should not be presumed to accept theatre observers. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2011.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.theclinicalteacher.com/en_HK
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dc.subject.meshEthics, Medical-
dc.subject.meshInformed Consent-
dc.subject.meshPatient Participation-
dc.subject.meshStudents, Medical-
dc.subject.meshTeaching - ethics-
dc.titleMedical students as observers in theatre: Is an explicit consent necessary?en_HK
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