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Title: Behavioural assessment of the effectiveness of a communication programme for medical students.
Austin Authors: Evans, B J;Sweet, B;Coman, G J
Affiliation: Austin Hospital Clinical School, University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Jul-1993
Publication information: Medical Education; 27(4): 344-50
Abstract: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a communication programme taught to medical students at the University of Melbourne in their preclinical years. The effectiveness of the programme was assessed by comparing videotaped history-taking interviews completed by a cohort of first-year clinical students in 1986, who had not undertaken the communication programme, with a similar cohort of first-year clinical students in 1992 who had undertaken the programme. The students from the 1986 cohort who had not undertaken communication training in their preclinical course completed their videotaped interviews as part of the experimental evaluation of a consulting skills training programme carried out in 1986-87. A comparison of ratings given by two experimentally naive, independent observers revealed that the 1992 student cohort demonstrated some significantly better skills at questioning and facilitating communication with patients. By contrast, the 1986 student cohort showed significantly greater skills at maintaining relevance in their interviews and greater capacity to explore patients' psychosocial concerns. These data suggest that students acquire the most effective interview skills when interacting with patients during their clinical training.
Gov't Doc #: 8412875
Journal: Medical education
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Australia
Clinical Competence
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
Medical History Taking
Professional-Patient Relations
Program Evaluation
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