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Revista Brasileira de Educação Médica

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GERKEN, Ivan Barbosa; ANDRADE, Cecília Sartori; LOPES, Fernanda Barbosa  and  RIBEIRO, Maria Mônica Freitas. Patients' knowledge and opinions on the participation of medical students in medical appointments. Rev. bras. educ. med. [online]. 2013, vol.37, n.1, pp.66-71. ISSN 0100-5502.

The goal of this paper is to evaluate the knowledge and opinions of patients in a university hospital on the participation of medical students in medical appointments. Questionnaires with "yes" or "no" closed questions and open questions were answered by 131 patients while they were waiting for their first medical appointment at the hospital. 58.8% of respondents knew the meaning of "teaching hospital" and 57.3% knew that the hospital fell within this category. Only 6.9% of patients reported having received information on the definition and particularities of a teaching hospital when scheduling their appointments, and 36.6% reported not knowing that they would be attended by students supervised by a physician teacher. 69.5% of patients considered being attended by a student positively, as an important step in the students' learning process; 26.7% did not mind being attended to by a medical student, and 3.1% would have preferred to have been attended to by a qualified physician only. This study has concluded that it is necessary to inform patients of the particularities of teaching hospitals when they schedule their appointments.

Keywords : Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Patient Care [Medicine].

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