'Talk to Your Doc' - helping adolescents make health care transitions (2010)

Evaluation and design to extend the reach

This study evaluates the effectiveness of “Talk to Your Doc” workshops presented by University of British Columbia medical students in Vancouver high schools as a volunteer outreach program since 1998.

The workshops use group discussions and role playing to address such issues as talking about sensitive issues; taking an active role in making decisions about health; doctor-patient confidentiality; and establishing and maintaining an independent relationship with a doctor.

The researchers used questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups to examine the adolescent learners’ satisfaction with the workshop; the knowledge acquired, or attitudes changed by it; and the behavioural changes following the workshop.

They found that everyone likes the workshops and finds them important and relevant. The relationship the workshops build between high school students and medical students establishes trust, and serves as a model for the intended relationship between high school students and their doctors.

They also made some recommendations for changing the workshops to include more detail on finding a doctor, scheduling appointments, and other practical issues.

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2014-05-14
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Angela Towle, William Godolphin, Valerie Overgaard, Larissa Predy, Gagun Cchina, Natasha Egele and Stacey Creak. 'Talk to Your Doc' - helping adolescents make health care transitions 2010. Web. 28 Oct. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/talk_doc/talk_doc.pdf>
Angela Towle, William Godolphin, Valerie Overgaard, Larissa Predy, Gagun Cchina, Natasha Egele & Stacey Creak (2010). 'Talk to Your Doc' - helping adolescents make health care transitions. Retrieved October 28, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/talk_doc/talk_doc.pdf
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