Doctors with Asperger’s: The Impact of a Diagnosis

Sophie Price, Rosie Lusznat, Richard Mann, Rachel Locke

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
JournalThe Clinical Teacher
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Asperger Syndrome
  • doctors in training
  • employer support

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Price, S., Lusznat, R., Mann, R., & Locke, R. (2017). Doctors with Asperger’s: The Impact of a Diagnosis. The Clinical Teacher, (14), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.12743
Price, Sophie ; Lusznat, Rosie ; Mann, Richard ; Locke, Rachel. / Doctors with Asperger’s: The Impact of a Diagnosis. In: The Clinical Teacher. 2017 ; No. 14. pp. 1-4.
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Price, S, Lusznat, R, Mann, R & Locke, R 2017, 'Doctors with Asperger’s: The Impact of a Diagnosis', The Clinical Teacher, no. 14, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.12743

Doctors with Asperger’s: The Impact of a Diagnosis. / Price, Sophie; Lusznat, Rosie; Mann, Richard; Locke, Rachel.

In: The Clinical Teacher, No. 14, 21.12.2017, p. 1-4.

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Price S, Lusznat R, Mann R, Locke R. Doctors with Asperger’s: The Impact of a Diagnosis. The Clinical Teacher. 2017 Dec 21;(14):1-4. https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.12743