2014, Number 4
Criteria of the medical students and of experts on the diagnosis of the acute surgical abdomen in the elderly
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ABSTRACTIntroduction: life expectancy of the Cuban population has considerably risen, so the training of the health professionals is necessary to improve their performance.
Objective: to assess the knowledge on treatment of acute surgical abdomen in the older adult in the medical studies.
Methods: Representative groups of medical students and professors from "Calixto Garcia" medical school were evaluated through in-depth interviews.
Results: the evaluation given by students about the acquired knowledge on the acute abdominal syndromes during their rotation in the surgery service was excellent or good. In the group, 69.4% stated that the subject curriculum included the elements that make the evaluation of abdominal emergency possible in the older adult whereas 18.4% did not and 12.2% ignored this fact; 90.8% of students deemed necessary a proposal of changing topics related to acute abdomen treatment in the general surgery subject and 66.7% of the professors expressed that in the present surgery curriculum, the contents taught as to the surgical treatment of the acute abdomen in the elderly was not enough for the future medical professionals to attain the necessary skills, but 33.3% considered these same contents as adequate.
Conclusions: population aging demands better performance of health professionals to raise the quality of life of the older adult. The General Surgery subject curriculum taught in the medical studies needs to be revised in line with the present context.
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