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      Impact of participation in TimeSlips, a creative group-based storytelling program, on medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia: a qualitative study.

      The Gerontologist
      Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Attitude of Health Personnel, Creativity, Dementia, psychology, Female, Geriatrics, education, Humans, Male, Narration, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Students, Medical, statistics & numerical data

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          To evaluate whether medical student participation in TimeSlips (TS), a creative group-based storytelling program, with persons affected by dementia would improve student attitudes toward this patient population. Fifteen fourth-year medical students from Penn State College of Medicine participated in a month-long regimen of TS sessions at a retirement community. Student course evaluations were analyzed at the conclusion of the program to examine perceived qualitative changes in attitude. Qualitative data revealed insights into the manner in which student attitudes toward a geriatric patient population became more positive. This is the first known pilot study to suggest that participation in a creative group-based storytelling program might improve medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia.

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