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Gerontologist. 2011 Oct;51(5):699-703. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr035. Epub 2011 Jun 10.

Impact of participation in TimeSlips, a creative group-based storytelling program, on medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia: a qualitative study.

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  • 1Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA. drg21@psu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate whether medical student participation in TimeSlips (TS), a creative group-based storytelling program, with persons affected by dementia would improve student attitudes toward this patient population.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Fifteen fourth-year medical students from Penn State College of Medicine participated in a month-long regimen of TS sessions at a retirement community. Student course evaluations were analyzed at the conclusion of the program to examine perceived qualitative changes in attitude.

FINDINGS:

Qualitative data revealed insights into the manner in which student attitudes toward a geriatric patient population became more positive.

IMPLICATIONS:

This is the first known pilot study to suggest that participation in a creative group-based storytelling program might improve medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia.

PMID:
21665958
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PMCID:
PMC3247803
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