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Applications for fees waivers on medical and psychiatric grounds at an Irish third-level college
White, Daniel C.; Kelly, Brendan D.; Casey, Patricia R.
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.
Keyword(s): Colleges; Depression; Mental health; Students; Student health services; University students; Prevalence
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Springer for the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
First Indexed: 2014-10-08 05:35:16 Last Updated: 2018-10-11 15:27:08