Journal article

When a patient's ethnicity is declared, medical students' decision-making processes are affected

SC Ewen, J Barrett, D Paul, D Askew, G Webb, A Wilkin

Internal Medicine Journal | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Disparity in health status and healthcare outcomes is widespread and well known. This holds true for Indigenous peoples in many settings including Australia and Hawaii. While multi-factorial, there is increasing evidence of health practitioner contribution to this disparity. This research explored senior medical students' clinical decision-making processes. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted in 2014 with 30 final year medical students from The University of Melbourne, Australia, and The John Burns Medical School, Hawaii, USA. Each student responded to questions about a paper-based case, first in writing and elaborated further in an interview. Half the students were given ..

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