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The role of patient-led education initiatives in medical education

Authors Coulby C, Jha V

Received 2 February 2015

Accepted for publication 21 March 2015

Published 11 June 2015 Volume 2015:2 Pages 33—40


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Rubin Pillay

Ceridwen Coulby, Vikram Jha

School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Abstract: There are health care policy, service delivery, and educational drivers for the involvement of patients in medical education. In this article, we explore some of these drivers and the current theoretical paradigms through which patient involvement in medical education is examined. The roles that patients currently play in medical education are considered, along with aims, benefits, and potential drawbacks of involvement for patients, students, and medical educators. A review of current literature and the limitations thereof is included. The gap between policy and practice is considered, and potential reasons for this gap are suggested. Lastly, the impact of patient-led education is considered, and how patient-led education can best be used to transform student learning.

Keywords: patient involvement, medical education, patient-led education, patients as teachers

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