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Table 1 Year 2 rural clinical placement experiences of JCU MBBS student with patients experiencing mental health issues, PRE and POST the Year 2 Psychological Medicine and Human Development (PMHD) subject

From: Aligning an undergraduate psychological medicine subject with the mental health needs of the local region

Question Completed Year 2 rural clinical placement PRE PMHD subject (n = 91) Completed Year 2 rural clinical placement POST PMHD subject (n = 118) p-valuea
How confident were you that you could detect patients with a Mental Health problem? (1 = ‘not at all’, 2 = ‘a little’, 3 = ‘quite’, 4 = ‘very’) 2.2 2.8 < 0.001
How comfortable were you discussing Mental Health issues with a patient? (1 = ‘not at all’, 2 = ‘a little’, 3 = ‘quite’, 4 = ‘very’) 2.5 2.9 0.001
How well prepared were you for Mental Health discussions with patients? (1 = ‘not at all’, 2 = ‘a little’, 3 = ‘quite’, 4 = ‘very’) 1.8 2.6 < 0.001
Did you sit in with a General Practitioner during consults? Yes – 79% Yes – 86% 0.219
Was the topic of Mental Health raised during the consult? Yes – 92% Yes – 94% 0.541
Did you feel the General Practitioner’s responses in the patient consult appropriate? ‘Don’t know’ - 82% Don’t know – 3% < 0.001
Did you get to talk to patients yourself? Yes – 88% Yes – 94% 0.120
Did you feel some patients had Mental Health issues? Yes – 73% Yes – 90% 0.002
Did you discuss Mental Health issues with patients? Yes – 31% Yes – 62% < 0.001
Was the knowledge provided in PMHD relevant to patient discussions around Mental Health on rural placement? n.a. Yes – 85%
Did any of the practical skills provided in PMHD come in useful on your Year 2 rural placement? n.a. Yes – 88%
  1. aChi-square test (2-sided) or T-test (2-sided), as appropriate