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Table 1 Intellectual disability units taught within each department/discipline area of medicine

From: Has teaching about intellectual disability healthcare in Australian medical schools improved? A 20-year comparison of curricula audits

Department/Discipline areaa Compulsory units
(%; no. schoolsb)
Elective units
(%; no. schools)
Total units per discipline
(%; no. schools)
  T1
n = 44 units
T2
n = 36 units
T1
n = 8 units
T2
n = 7 units
T1
n = 55c units
T2
n = 43 units
Paediatrics 19 (43.2%; 7) 8 (22.2%; 6) 3 (37.5%; 2) 2 (28.6%; 2) 22 (40.0%; 8) 10 (23.3%; 6)
General practice 2 (4.5%; 2) 5 (13.9%; 3) 0 (0.0%; 0) 2 (28.6%; 1) 2 (3.6%; 2) 7 (16.3%; 3)
Psychiatry 5 (11.4%; 4) 4 (11.1%; 3) 2 (25.0%; 2) 0 (0.0%; 0) 10 (18.2%; 5) 4 (9.3%; 3)
Otherd 18 (40.9%; 6) 11 (30.6%; 4) 3 (37.5%; 3) 3 (42.9%; 3) 21 (38.2%; 7) 14 (32.6%; 6)
Missing e 8 (22.2%; 1) 8 (18.6%; 1)
Total 44 (100%) 36 (100%) 8 (100%) 7 (100%) 55 (100%) 43 (100%)
  1. a Department (T1), discipline area (T2). At T2, one or more discipline areas could be reported for each unit; for 8 units that had multiple disciplines areas, only the main discipline area was analysed
  2. b Number of schools across which the units were taught (e.g. 19 compulsory paediatric units were taught across 7 schools at T1)
  3. c Compulsory/elective status was unknown for 3 units at T1 for one school (all psychiatry)
  4. d Other departments at T1 included behavioural sciences, community medicine, geriatric medicine, public health, social and preventative medicine; other discipline areas at T2 included disability, emergency medicine, human development, professional development, sexual health, societal aspects of disability, specialist medicine, women’s health
  5. e Discipline area data was missing for eight compulsory units taught at one school at T2