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Meeks LM, Plegue M, Case B, Swenor BK, Sen S. Assessment of Disclosure of Psychological Disability Among US Medical Students. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(7):e2011165. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.11165
According to a 2019 study,1 medical student disclosure of disability increased by 69% from 2016 to 2019. In a comparison of data from schools that responded both years, the largest gain was in psychological disability. To better understand whether a meaningful proportion of students with mental health diagnoses disclose their disability, we assessed the proportion of MD students reporting psychological disabilities and examined subcategories of psychological disability.
This survey study was conducted between September 2018 and March 2019. A survey assessing the number of students reporting disabilities was sent to 140 fully accredited US allopathic medical schools’ disability offices or the school’s primary contact for disability disclosure. The study followed the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) reporting guideline. Given the deidentified nature of the data, the University of Michigan Medical School institutional review board considered the study exempt. Aggregate data were used to estimate the proportion of medical students reporting a psychological disability and the prevalence of subcategories of psychological disability. Descriptive analyses were conducted in R version 3.5.1 (R Project for Statistical Computing). No prespecified level of statistical significance was set.
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