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Incorporating the interaction between health and work into the undergraduate medical curriculum – a qualitative evaluation of a teaching pilot in English medical schools

Hashem, Ferhana, Jaswal, Sabrena K., Marchand, Catherine, Forbes, Lindsay J.L., Srinivasan, Naren, Bates, Amanda, Peckham, Stephen (2021) Incorporating the interaction between health and work into the undergraduate medical curriculum – a qualitative evaluation of a teaching pilot in English medical schools. Education for Primary Care, . ISSN 1473-9879. (doi:10.1080/14739879.2021.1914182) (KAR id:87299)

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Abstract

Introduction: There is a growing recognition of the impact of work on health both positive and negative. It is important that all health care professionals are equipped to understand the effects of work and worklessness on health and help patients remain in work or manage a healthy return to work where appropriate. Despite explicit reference to health and work in the General Medical Council’s Outcomes for Graduates, currently, there is not a theme that is integrated across the undergraduate medical curricula. Aim: This study evaluates medical tutors’ and undergraduates’ perspectives of a selection of health and work topics in a teaching pilot to consider the suitability and appropriateness for delivery, integration into the curriculum, tailoring of the resources, and appropriateness and expected attainment of learning objectives. Methods: Qualitative, semi structured interviews and focus groups were carried out with five medical tutors and 36 undergraduates. Interviews and focus groups were recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed. Results: The medical tutors and undergraduates identified suitability of appropriate subject specialties and years of teaching, whether learning objectives were important and if these had been achieved, and recommendations for future delivery. Discussion: Medical tutors were committed to delivering the health and work topics with the flexibility of tailoring the resources to existing subject specialties and with respect to the year of study. Learning objectives were perceived appropriate by tutors, despite ambivalence about their importance from some undergraduates. The resources were identified as having relevance to public health undergraduate teaching and teaching during general practice placements.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14739879.2021.1914182
Uncontrolled keywords: health; work; medical education; undergraduate curriculum; clinical training; pedagogy
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Ferhana Hashem
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 09:22 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 14:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87299 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hashem, Ferhana: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2544-1350
Jaswal, Sabrena K.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5755-0415
Marchand, Catherine: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2092-9127
Forbes, Lindsay J.L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4654-9520
Peckham, Stephen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7002-2614
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