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Folia Med Cracov. 2019;59(1):115-125.

The knowledge of Polish medical students about digital rectal examination.

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1
Students' Scientific Group at 2nd Department of General Surgery, Jagiellonian University Medical College Kraków, Poland.
2
Department of Medical Education, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland.
3
2nd Department of General Surgery, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland.
4
2nd Department of General Surgery, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland. piotr.major@uj.edu.pl.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The digital rectal examination (DRE) is a part of the standard physical examination and a useful diagnostic tool for detecting various lower gastrointestinal tract abnormalities. However nowadays it has been observed that medical students might not be properly prepared for performing and interpreting of DRE. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the knowledge and experience of Polish medical students about DRE.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

A prospective study was carried out using a questionnaire accessible via internet platform. The survey consisted of 12 questions and considered experience as well as practical and theoretical knowledge about DRE. 976 responses from nine Polish medical universities were included in the study.

RESULTS:

38.68% of students have never performed DRE with "lack of opportunity during courses" (71.09%) as the most common reason. Among responders who performed this examination only 12.72% had done it more than two times. Usefulness of DRE was mostly assessed as high and very high (55.63%). Students in the self-assessment part indicated low and very low (18.72% and 39.61%) technical abilities and also low (25.34%) interpretation skills. Conclusiosion: The knowledge of Polish medical students about DRE is insuffcient. Medical universities should pay particular attention to this field of examination to improve theoretical as well as practical skills of future doctors.

KEYWORDS:

clinical skills; digital rectal examination; medical education

PMID:
31180080
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