Applications for fees waivers on medical and psychiatric grounds at an Irish third-level college
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|Title:||Applications for fees waivers on medical and psychiatric grounds at an Irish third-level college||Authors:||White, Daniel C.
Kelly, Brendan D.
Casey, Patricia R.
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6011||Date:||Dec-2009||Abstract:||Background: Physical and mental illness present substantial challenges to college students and authorities. Aims: (1) To characterize medical and psychiatric reasons underlying requests for fees waivers at an Irish third-level college; (2) to identify information included in applications; and (3) to develop proposals for standardizing applications. Methods: We examined all applications for exemption from fees for medical or psychiatric reasons over two academic years at an Irish third-level college. Results: Two hundred and twenty-two students applied for exemptions; 91% were successful. Psychiatric problems were more common than physical illness (64.1 vs. 27.9%). There was wide variation in details provided in applications with few providing details on likely ongoing duration of illness (5.0%). Conclusions: We recommend that (a) a structured medical application form be completed by medical practitioners supporting applications; (b) a medical practitioner review applications; and (c) there should be annual re-audit of this process.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Springer for the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland||Copyright (published version):||2009 Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland||Keywords:||Colleges;Depression;Mental health;Students;Student health services;University students;Prevalence;Depression||DOI:||10.1007/s11845-009-0293-9||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine Research Collection|
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