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Student health policies of U.S. medical schools.

Authors
Diekema-DJ; Albanese-MA; Densen-P; Doebbeling-BN
Source
Acad Med 1996 Oct; 71(10):1090-1092
NIOSHTIC No.
00238123
Abstract
A survey was conducted of the student health policies of United States medical schools. A questionnaire was sent to the student affairs deans at 126 medical schools in May, 1994. The questionnaire inquired about policies regarding vaccination for hepatitis-B virus (HBV), blood and body fluid exposures, universal precautions training, and health and disability insurance for students. Questionnaires were completed by 108 of the schools; 99 (92%) required either HBV vaccination, evidence of immunity, or a signed waiver refusing vaccination. Most (87%) required health insurance, and 94% offered a plan, but only 69 schools (64%) offered disability insurance. The schools frequently held students responsible for the costs of HBV vaccination (68%), postexposure serologic testing (20%), and treatment of training related medical problems (40%). Two schools did not require formal universal precautions training. The authors conclude that, while most medical schools comply with current recommendations for preventing training related exposures to bloodborne pathogens, illness, and injury, students face a substantial financial responsibility for these services. The authors recommend that medical schools review their student health policies to protect students adequately.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Medical-surveys; Health-protection; Health-programs; Infectious-diseases; Viral-diseases; Body-fluids; Vaccines; Infection-control; AIDS-virus; Bloodborne-pathogens; Universal-precautions; Health-care-personnel; Immune-system-disorders
Contact
Internal Medicine University of Iowa 200 Hawkins Drive Iowa City, IA 52242
CODEN
ACMEEO
Publication Date
19961001
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
158956
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-00131
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
1040-2446
Priority Area
Grants-other
Source Name
Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
State
IA
Performing Organization
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
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