Education for Health

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


Anna Chur-Hansen1, Les Koopowitz2 
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

Correspondence Address:
Anna Chur-Hansen
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide, Adelaide
South Australia

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«SQ»s view was emphasised. This was partially achieved by employing a standardised patient, who answered students«SQ» 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.


How to cite this article:
Chur-Hansen A, Koopowitz L. Introducing Psychosocial and Psychiatric Concepts to First Year Medical Students Using an Integrated, Biopsychosocial Framework.Educ Health 2002;15:305-314


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Chur-Hansen A, Koopowitz L. Introducing Psychosocial and Psychiatric Concepts to First Year Medical Students Using an Integrated, Biopsychosocial Framework. Educ Health [serial online] 2002 [cited 2020 Nov 27 ];15:305-314
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