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

Tullo, Ellen, StClair and Gordon, Adam L. (2013) Teaching and learning about dementia in UK medical schools: a national survey. BMC Geriatrics, 13 (29). 1/6-6/6. ISSN 1471-2318

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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

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-13-29
Depositing User: Johnson, Mrs Alison
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 13:07
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 13:50
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2564

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