Core intended learning outcomes for tackling health inequalities in undergraduate medicine

Williamson, A. E., Ayres, R., Allen, J. and MacLeod, U. (2015) Core intended learning outcomes for tackling health inequalities in undergraduate medicine. BMC Medical Education, 15, 66. (doi:10.1186/s12909-015-0342-1) (PMCID:PMC4389346)

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Abstract

Background Despite there being a concerted effort in recent years to influence what doctors can do to tackle health inequalities in the UK, there has been limited policy focus on what undergraduate students need to learn at medical school in preparation for this. This project led by members of the Health Inequalities Group of the Royal College of General Practitioners in collaboration with the Institute of Health Equity, University College London sought to fill this gap.

Discussion We conducted a Delphi poll using our teaching and stakeholder networks. We identified 5 areas for learning focusing on key knowledge and skills. These were population concepts, health systems, marginalised patient groups, cultural diversity and ethics.

Summary These intended learning outcomes about health inequalities represent the best available evidence to date for colleagues seeking to develop core undergraduate medical curricula on the topic.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacLeod, Dr Una and Williamson, Dr Andrea
Authors: Williamson, A. E., Ayres, R., Allen, J., and MacLeod, U.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:BMC Medical Education
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1472-6920
ISSN (Online):1472-6920
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMC Medical Education 15:66
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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