Impediments to bed-side teaching

Med Educ. 1998 Mar;32(2):159-62. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1998.00185.x.


Bed-side teaching is the process of active learning in the presence of a patient. A cross-sectional study was conducted in a teaching hospital to obtain the opinions of clinical teachers about bed-side teaching including perceived hindrances to its implementation. Of 152 teachers, 78% responded to the questionnaire. Ninety-five per cent reported that bed-side teaching is an effective way to teach professional skills. Time constraints, noisy wards and patients not being available were reported as the most frequently experienced hindrances to bed-side teaching. The survey found strong support for bed-side teaching but a substantial number of barriers to its implementation. Further research is required to study methods that will improve bed-site teaching.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods*