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Are we teaching our students what they need to know about ageing? Results from the National Survey of Undergraduate Teaching in Ageing and Geriatric Medicine

Gordon, Adam; Blundell, Adrian G.; Gladman, John R.F.; Masud, Tahir

Authors

Adam Gordon adam.gordon@nottingham.ac.uk

Adrian G. Blundell adrianblundell@ntlworld.com

John R.F. Gladman john.gladman@nottingham.ac.uk

Tahir Masud tahir.masud@nuh.nhs.uk



Abstract

Introduction - Learning about ageing and the appropriate management of older patients is important for all doctors. This survey set out to evaluate what medical undergraduates in the UK are taught about ageing and geriatric medicine and how this teaching is delivered.

Methods – An electronic questionnaire was developed and sent to the 28/31 UK medical schools which agreed to participate.

Results – Full responses were received from 17 schools. 8/21 learning objectives were recorded as taught, and none were examined, across every school surveyed. Elder abuse and terminology and classification of health were taught in only 8/17 and 2/17 schools respectively. Pressure ulcers were taught about in 14/17 schools but taught formally in only 7 of these and examined in only 9. With regard to bio- and socio- gerontology, only 9/17 schools reported teaching in social ageing, 7/17 in cellular ageing and 9/17 in the physiology of ageing.

Discussion – Even allowing for the suboptimal response rate, this study presents significant cause for concern with UK undergraduate education related to ageing. The failure to teach comprehensively on elder abuse and pressure sores, in particular, may be significantly to the detriment of older patients.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 22, 2010
Journal Age and Ageing
Print ISSN 0002-0729
Electronic ISSN 0002-0729
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Gordon, A., Blundell, A. G., Gladman, J. R., & Masud, T. (2010). Are we teaching our students what they need to know about ageing? Results from the National Survey of Undergraduate Teaching in Ageing and Geriatric Medicine. Age and Ageing, 29(3), doi:10.1093/ageing/afq011
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afq011
Publisher URL http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/afq011
Related Public URLs http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Age and Ageing following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://ageing.oxfordjou.../39/3/385.full.pdf+html

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