Doctors with Asperger’s: The Impact of a Diagnosis

Price, Sophie and Lusznat, Rosie and Mann, Richard and Locke, Rachel (2017) Doctors with Asperger’s: The Impact of a Diagnosis. The Clinical Teacher (14). pp. 1-4. ISSN 1743-498X

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Background: Asperger Syndrome (AS) is part of a spectrum of disorders encompassing difficulties with social interaction that may result in specific educational needs for doctors in training. There is currently limited research on the impact of AS on work as a doctor. Methods: This is a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews to explore the perceptions of trainees diagnosed with AS following input from a professional support service and the staff involved in their professional development. Results: Receiving a diagnosis of AS was viewed as a double-edged sword, allowing the development of insight into lifelong difficulties, but also creating the potential for prejudice. Discussion: This study explores the benefits and disadvantages of defining and labelling a specific professional support need for a group of trainees. It also reveals the requirement for better awareness of AS amongst all clinical educators.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asperger Syndrome; doctors in training; employer support
Subjects: X Education > X900 Others in education
Depositing User: Rachel Locke
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 13:38
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 17:16

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