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Medical student attitudes to mental health and psychiatry: the use of a patient-experience short film

Ellis, Natalie C., Quraishy, Munzir, Hoskins, Mathew, Walters, James ORCID:, Riley, Stephen and Forty, Liz 2018. Medical student attitudes to mental health and psychiatry: the use of a patient-experience short film. The British Student Doctor Journal 2 (1) , pp. 3-10. 10.18573/bsdj.37

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Background: Medical student attitudes to mental illness are significantly influenced by their undergraduate educational experience. Medical education therefore has a key role to play in challenging the stigma associated with mental illness. We developed a short educational film aimed at challenging stigmatising attitudes to mental illness and explored its effects on undergraduate medical student attitudes. We hypothesised that levels of stigmatising attitudes in medical students would reduce after students viewed the educational film. Method: We used a validated scale (Mental Illness: Clinician Attitudes, MICA) to examine undergraduate medical student attitudes to mental illness at two time points - prior to (T1) and following (T2) viewing the short film. The film focused on patient experiences and was designed to highlight personal experiences of mental illness. Results: 92 students completed the MICA before the film and 73 students at both time points. Having a personal history of mental illness was associated with less stigmatising attitudes (t=2.4, df=87, p=0.019). Stigma scores were reduced following the film viewing (t=7.101, df=72, p<0.001). Discussion: This study suggests that patient experience films, used as educational tools, can challenge student perceptions of mental illness and lead to a reduction in stigmatising attitudes, at least in the short term. Future studies are required to examine the longer-term effects of such educational interventions in terms of student perceptions and attitudes towards mental health and psychiatry.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stigma; Mental Health; Media; Film; Medical Students; Attitudes; Patient Voice; Medical Education
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2514-3174
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 15 November 2017
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 17:03

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