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Knowledge and perceptions of newly graduated medical practitioners in Malaysia of their role in medical care of people with developmental disabilities

Moyle, Judith L., Iacono, Teresa and Liddell, Merilyn 2010, Knowledge and perceptions of newly graduated medical practitioners in Malaysia of their role in medical care of people with developmental disabilities, Journal of policy and practices in intellectual disabilities, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 85-95, doi: 10.1111/j.1741-1130.2010.00252.x.

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Title Knowledge and perceptions of newly graduated medical practitioners in Malaysia of their role in medical care of people with developmental disabilities
Author(s) Moyle, Judith L.
Iacono, Teresa
Liddell, Merilyn
Journal name Journal of policy and practices in intellectual disabilities
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 85
End page 95
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1741-1130
Keyword(s) clinical experience
developmental disabilities
intellectual disabilities
malaysia
undergraduate medical training
Summary Improving content and consistency on developmental disabilities in undergraduate medical curricula has been recommended as a means of improving health outcomes for people with developmental disabilities. Although often the subject of studies in Western countries, little is known about content on developmental disabilities in undergraduate curricula in developing countries. A study was undertaken to: (1) explore content and experience with developmental disabilities received in undergraduate training by medical practitioners in Malaysia; and (2) explore perceptions of their role in the identification and management of developmental disabilities in practice. Comparisons were made according to location of training. Data were collected using a 107-item questionnaire that was administered to 230 newly graduated house officers on their first rotations in seven public hospitals in Peninsula Malaysia. Deficits and inconsistencies were indicated in both content and experience of developmental disabilities during training. Uncertainty about their role in the identification and management of developmental disabilities was evident. Greater inconsistencies and deficits were evident for respondents trained in Eastern and Middle Eastern countries compared with those trained in Malaysia and Western countries. Results suggest a need for increased content, consistency, and intentional exposure in relation to developmental disabilities during undergraduate training across all training settings.
Notes JUNE
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-1130.2010.00252.x
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063870

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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