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.
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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
Journal: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Volume: 178
Issue: 4
Start page: 503
End page: 506
Copyright (published version): 2009 Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
Keywords: CollegesDepressionMental healthStudentsStudent health servicesUniversity studentsPrevalenceDepression
DOI: 10.1007/s11845-009-0293-9
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Medicine Research Collection

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