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Teaching and learning about dementia in UK medical schools: a national survey

Tullo, Ellen, StClair; Gordon, Adam L.

Authors

Ellen, StClair Tullo

Adam L. Gordon adam.gordon@nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

Background: Dementia is an increasingly common condition and all doctors, in both primary and secondary care
environments, must be prepared to competently manage patients with this condition. It is unclear whether medical
education about dementia is currently fit for purpose. This project surveys and evaluates the nature of teaching and
learning about dementia for medical students in the UK.

Methods: Electronic questionnaire sent to UK medical schools.

Results: 23/31 medical schools responded. All provided some dementia-specific teaching but this focussed more
on knowledge and skills than behaviours and attitudes. Only 80% of schools described formal assessment of
dementia-specific learning outcomes. There was a widespread failure to adequately engage the multidisciplinary
team, patients and carers in teaching, presenting students with a narrow view of the condition. However, some
innovative approaches were also highlighted.

Conclusions: Although all schools taught about dementia, the deficiencies identified represent a failure to
sufficiently equip medical students to care for patients with dementia which, given the prevalence of the condition,
does not adequately prepare them for work as doctors. Recommendations for improving undergraduate medical
education about dementia are outlined

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 27, 2013
Journal BMC Geriatrics
Electronic ISSN 1471-2318
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 29
Article Number 1
Institution Citation Tullo, E. S., & Gordon, A. L. (2013). Teaching and learning about dementia in UK medical schools: a national survey. BMC Geriatrics, 13(29), doi:10.1186/1471-2318-13-29
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-13-29
Publisher URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/13/29
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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