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Forensic aspects of medical student abuse: a Canadian perspective.
Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1996; 24(3):377-85.BA

Abstract

The mistreatment and consequences of mistreatment involving medical students have only recently been recognized and studied. This article reports on the nature, frequency, and sequelae of "abuse" that is prohibited by the Criminal Code of Canada, as experienced by fourth year medical students. A 160-item, multiple choice questionnaire, the Medical Student Abuse Survey (MSAS), was administered on a voluntary and anonymous basis in February 1992 and 1993 at the University of Toronto (Canada) Faculty of Medicine. All students enrolled in their fourth year (n = 500) were eligible. Of those present when the survey was administered (n = 415), 72.5 percent (301 of 415) responded. Of all respondents, 8.3 percent (25 of 301) experienced either threats of bodily harm, assault, or assault with a weapon; 12.6 percent (38 of 301) experienced physical sexual advances; four students experienced both. Perpetrators were most often clinicians in a surgical setting. Only about one-third of these students (21 of 59) complained to someone in a position of authority within the medical school, and no one reported these incidents to the police. There is a need within medical training programs to disseminate a "code of conduct" to all parties, familiarize students with complaint procedures, and improve the identification and rehabilitation of perpetrators. The lack of objective measures for verifying students' experiences of abuse remains a limitation of this study.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8889136

Citation

Margittai, K J., et al. "Forensic Aspects of Medical Student Abuse: a Canadian Perspective." The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, vol. 24, no. 3, 1996, pp. 377-85.
Margittai KJ, Moscarello R, Rossi MF. Forensic aspects of medical student abuse: a Canadian perspective. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1996;24(3):377-85.
Margittai, K. J., Moscarello, R., & Rossi, M. F. (1996). Forensic aspects of medical student abuse: a Canadian perspective. The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 24(3), 377-85.
Margittai KJ, Moscarello R, Rossi MF. Forensic Aspects of Medical Student Abuse: a Canadian Perspective. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1996;24(3):377-85. PubMed PMID: 8889136.
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