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DIME (Data for the Improvement of Medical Education)

Title: Data for the Improvement of Medical Education (DIME)Main longitudinal Cohort Study
Principal research question: This project seeks to identify and understand those factors in undergraduate medical education which enhance the quality of patient care provided by students in their medical practice.
Background:

The need for this programme of research arises from interaction between a series of changes in health care, in the concept of a "good" doctor, in medical education and in general secondary education. The main concern of the research is concern for patient care, within this, the project hopes to provide :

  • greater understanding of students’ characteristics, attitudes and values and their relationship to subsequent patient care.
  • greater understanding of the impact of the relationship between student characteristics, attitudes and values, the course provided, assessment of performance and patient care. 
  • better selection of students in the light of changes affecting application and admission to medical schools
Methodology description: This project comprises a questionnaire survey of all students entering Cambridge to study medicine, on entry and at the beginning of each subsequent pre-clinical and clinical years. Factors examined using validated instruments include: Anxiety and Depression, Empathy, Death Anxiety and Attitudes towards End of Life Care, and Experience of close personal death,
Sample group description: Approximately 450 students (300 pre-clinical and 150 clinical) in each annual cohort .
Outcome measure description: Better understanding of the factors in undergraduate medical education likely to enhance the quality of patient care.
Project organisation
Start date: 1st September 2007
End date: 31st December 2020
Contact person: Dr Thelma Quince
Contact Details: Address: General Practice & Primary Care Research Unit
Institute of Public Health
University Forvie Site, Robinson Way
Cambridge
CB2 2SR
UK
Telephone: 01223 330329
Fax: 01223 762515
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