Psychosocial paediatric training in Iraq: perspectives of trainers and students

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Al-Obaidi, Abdul Kareem, Corcoran, Tim, Hussein, M. A and Ghazi, A (2013) Psychosocial paediatric training in Iraq: perspectives of trainers and students. Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 29 (1). pp. 45-56. ISSN 1362-3699 (print) 1743-9396 (online)


There is an absence of education regarding psychosocial issues in Iraqi paediatric training programmes. The aim of this study is to examine current knowledge and perspectives around these topics and to explore potential development in these programmes. 56 paediatric trainers and students at the Child Central Teaching Hospital, a hospital affiliated to the Al-Mustansyria medical college in Baghdad, responded to a questionnaire to evaluate knowledge and perspectives regarding psychosocial approaches to child and adolescent health as delivered presently via academic training and used in professional practice. The majority of the respondents reported having no training in psychosocial interventions. Using a scale from 0 (‘not relevant’) to 10 (‘very important’), psychosocial issues were rated 7.1 in their relevance to everyday paediatric practice. On a scale of 0 (‘very poor’) to 10 (‘totally adequate’), respondents rated formal current psychosocial training at 2.5. It is concluded that incorporating psychosocial approaches in paediatric training will lead to a broader base of knowledge in children's health and contribute to the promotion of multidisciplinary practice in Iraq.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/13623699.2013.765196
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords paediatricians, academic training, education, psychological issues, Iraq, Baghdad
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