Survey of teaching/learning of healthcare-associated infections in UK and Irish medical schools.
AffiliationDepartment of Microbiology, Beaumont Hospital, and Department of Clinical Microbiology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
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CitationSurvey of teaching/learning of healthcare-associated infections in UK and Irish medical schools. 2009, 73 (2):171-5 J. Hosp. Infect.
JournalThe Journal of hospital infection
AbstractAll medical doctors have an important role to play in the diagnosis, management and prevention of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI). Strengthening the contribution of medical doctors and medical students to HCAI prevention programmes should include measures that enhance knowledge, improve practice and develop appropriate attitudes to the safety and quality of patient care. The Hospital Infection Society (HIS) funded a review of medical education on HCAI throughout medical schools in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. A questionnaire was drafted and circulated to all medical schools and 31 of 38 (82%) responded. The prevalence and transmission of HCAI were taught by 97% and 100% of medical schools, respectively, but the importance of HCAI as a quality and safety issue was covered in only 60% of medical schools. Multiple choice questions (MCQs) and objective structure clinical examinations (OSCEs) were the most popular methods of assessment. Lectures, discussion of cases and practical demonstrations were considered useful by >90% of respondents and online material and log books by 67% and 60%, respectively. More than 80% were willing to share a common pool of educational resources. An agreed curriculum should be developed for educating medical students in HCAI prevention and control, to outline optimum methods for assessment and develop a shared pool of educational resources.
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