Attitudes of Patients to Medical Student Participation: General Practice Consultations on the Cambridge Community-Based Clinical Course
Medical Education. 1996 Jan; 30(1): 14-17.
The clinical medical students on the Cambridge Community-Based Clinical Course (CCBCC) derive part of their training by taking part in consultations between patients and their general practitioners. Patients' attitudes to this arrangement and their support for student training in a general practice setting are an important factor in the development of community-based education. A postal questionnaire seeking information from patients achieved an 84% response rate. Both the numerical results and the patients' comments are presented. Patients proved generally supportive of the community-based course and some identified positive benefits to themselves from this provision. The large majority of patients did not mind the presence of medical students during consultations, although there are some areas in which patients are less willing to involve students.
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