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Type: Journal article
Title: Mature-aged medical students: a qualitative study
Author: Chur-Hansen, A.
Citation: Learning in Health and Social care, 2003; 2(3):159-168
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 1473-6853
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Anna Chur-Hansen
Abstract: Mature-aged entry students have been found, in previous research, to experience difficulties not always shared by their younger classmates. The majority of research has used quantitative approaches to explore these differences. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of mature-aged medical students in relation to their learning at university. Four students from one Australian medical school were interviewed about their experiences, and the data were analysed qualitatively. Ten themes were identified: perceived differences between mature-aged and younger students; financial difficulties; social support; relationship problems; illness; negative emotions; discrimination; necessary personality traits; supportive relationships; and the emotions experienced on being able to study medicine. These students undergo a number of substantial stressors as a result of their studies. Given the desirable qualities that they possess, medical educators should be developing strategies to encourage such students and minimize the obstacles they face.
Keywords: Qualitative; Medical education; Mature-aged students
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RMID: 0020031686
DOI: 10.1046/j.1473-6861.2003.00048.x
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