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ENHANCING EDUCATION AND PRACTICE
Year : 2002  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 305-314

Introducing Psychosocial and Psychiatric Concepts to First Year Medical Students Using an Integrated, Biopsychosocial Framework


1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide, South Australia

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Anna Chur-Hansen
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide, Adelaide
South Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Objective: The main objective of the problem-based teaching unit reported in this paper was to introduce psychosocial and psychiatric concepts to .rst year medical students using an integrated approach. Method: A total of 131 undergraduate students studied a case of delirium. Students were encouraged to understand the problem from a number of perspectives and approaches. In particular, the patient's view was emphasised. This was partially achieved by employing a standardised patient, who answered students' questions about what it was like to be unwell and hospitalised. Both quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the teaching project were conducted. Results: Overall, the teaching project was well received. However, as an introduction to a complex and unfamiliar area, students were concerned that material was dif.cult to grasp. Conclusions: As a foundation for future teaching in psychiatry, the case and our methods appear appropriate. However, this initial teaching should be reinforced and expanded upon in all years of the medical curriculum.


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