Objective: Bedside teaching is an important element of training undergraduate and postgraduate medical students to attain clinical skills. The perceptions of patients about bedside teaching vary significantly based on their understanding of the educational climate in hospitals. This study aimed to evaluate the views of diverse groups of patients on bedside teaching and the degree of involvement of medical students in their clinical decision-making processes. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted among patients admitted to various departments of a tertiary care hospital. A total of 200 patients were surveyed by students using a questionnaire, which covered their knowledge, views, and expectations with respect to medical students in hospital settings and bedside teaching. Results: The majority (83.5%) of patients surveyed felt that the students made the hospital environment more comfortable and friendly. Male patients chose to permit students’ involvement more than female patients. Among the female patients, teens, young adults, and unmarried women were more positive towards students' direct participation in their physical examinations. Health concerns and stress were issues for adults and older patients, whereas privacy and confidentiality concerned the younger age group. Patients admitted to the obstetrics and gynaecology wards were more likely to reject student involvement in hospital procedures than patients in other departments. Conclusion: Most of the patients had a markedly positive attitude towards bedside teaching. Alternative methods of teaching can be implemented in situations where patients feel uncomfortable with students’ involvement during their hospital stay.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Medicine