Student Perceptions of a Consumer Led Discussion Group Format to Improve Awareness of the Patient Perspective — ASN Events

Student Perceptions of a Consumer Led Discussion Group Format to Improve Awareness of the Patient Perspective (#201)

Josephine S Thomas 1 , Agnes Vitry 2 , Julie Marker
  1. University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
  2. Cancer Voices SA, Adelaide, SA, Australia

The University of Adelaide MBBS is a 6 year under graduate curriculum. Students spend the first 2 years learning with simulated patients and case discussions. In year 3 they undertake clinical skills training with hospital inpatient and GP consultations.

To evaluate student perceptions of a discussion group format run by healthcare consumers with experience of a cancer diagnosis. The speakers’ satisfaction with the sessions was also assessed.

Year 3 Medical Students attending the Royal Adelaide Hospital for their clinical skills training in 2013 were scheduled to attend a 1 hour session in small groups to discuss the consumer perspective of the medical journey and how our approach as health professionals impacts on a consumer’s experience. Sessions were led by volunteer speakers, who shared their experiences of a cancer diagnosis, with the aim of improving quality of care in the health system by enhancing communication and understanding. Students were required to submit a one page reflective piece on the discussion the following week. Speakers also contributed feedback about their satisfaction with the sessions.

Students rated the sessions very highly for learning value and enjoyment. They considered the sessions appropriate for their stage in learning. Many indicated they would like more opportunities to hear personal accounts and viewpoints. They also felt greater opportunities to interact with speakers would be useful. Some indicated that linkage of personal accounts to further teaching of medical knowledge would be valuable. The speakers unanimously rated the sessions as worthwhile and valued the opportunity to participate in this teaching initiative.

The discussion group format was highly valued as a learning opportunity by early clinical students and considered worthwhile by volunteer speakers.

  1. Wykurz G. Developing the role of patients as teachers: literature review. BMJ 2002;325:818