Journal article

Attitudes of undergraduate health science students towards patients with intellectual disability, substance abuse, and acute mental illness: a cross-sectional study

Malcolm J Boyle, Brett Williams, Ted Brown, Andrew Molloy, Lisa McKenna, Elizabeth Molloy, Belinda Lewis

BMC Medical Education | BMC | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a long history of certain medical conditions being associated with stigma, stereotypes, and negative attitudes. Research has shown that such attitudes can have a detrimental effect on patients presenting with stigmatised medical conditions and can even flow on to impact their family. The objective of this study was to measure the attitudes of undergraduate students enrolled in six different health-related courses at Monash University toward patients with intellectual disability, substance abuse, and acute mental illness. METHODS: A convenience sample of undergraduate students enrolled in six health-related courses in first, second and third years at Monash University wer..

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