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ERIC Number: EJ940809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0889-7077
Medical Students' Knowledge about Alcohol and Drug Problems: Results of the Medical Council of Canada Examination
Kahan, Meldon; Midmer, Deana; Wilson, Lynn; Borsoi, Diane
Substance Abuse, v27 n4 p1-7 2006
Purpose: To determine knowledge of a national sample of medical students about substance withdrawal, screening and early intervention, medical and psychiatric complications of addiction, and treatment options. Methods: Based on learning objectives developed by medical faculty, twenty-two questions on addictions were included in the 1998 Canadian licensing examination. Results: The exam was written by 858 medical students. The average score on the addiction questions was 64%. Students showed strong knowledge of the clinical features of medical complications. Specific knowledge gaps were identified for withdrawal treatment protocols, low-risk drinking guidelines, taking an alcohol history, substance-induced psychiatric disorders, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Conclusion: Medical students are knowledge-deficient around key learning objectives in addictions. The deficiencies were in areas of basic knowledge that could be learnt with little difficulty. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada