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Benefits of knowledge-based interprofessional communication skills training in medical undergraduate education.

Title: Benefits of knowledge-based interprofessional communication skills training in medical undergraduate education.
Authors: Buczacki, S
Shalhoub, J
George, PM
Vearncombe, LM
Byrne, PD
Alazawi, W
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: Good interprofessional communication is fundamental to effective teamworking in medicine. Finalmed is a private course that teaches the principles and methods of clinical presenting as an iterative technique of reasoning though clinical data. We have tested the efficacy of this technique using a questionnaire-based study. DESIGN: An anonymized 10-point Likert scale questionnaire was designed. SETTING: Questionnaires were distributed at five UK courses and two UAE courses. PARTICIPANTS: Questionnaires were given to all students attending these courses. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The questionnaire included pre- and post-course questions addressing self-reported confidence in clinical presenting (CCP) and effectiveness in clinical presenting (ECP). We also asked whether attendees felt that clinical presenting should be integrated formally into medical school curricula. RESULTS: A total of 331/395 questionnaires were returned. Median improvement in CCP was 50% (P < 0.0001) and in ECP was 40% (P < 0.0001), irrespective of country of study, graduate entry status and whether the student felt that they had been exposed to these techniques previously. Students recorded a strong opinion in favour of integrating the content and style of the Finalmed course into their medical school curriculum, with 286 students (86%) recording a score of ≥8. CONCLUSION: Our study suggests that after a two- or three-day dedicated course, both self-reported confidence and effectiveness in clinical presenting significantly improve. Furthermore, students in the UK and the UAE returned a desire for integration into medical school curricula of IPC through the teaching of clinical presenting.
Issue Date: 2-Aug-2011
Date of Acceptance: 1-Aug-2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/28333
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1258/shorts.2011.011065
ISSN: 2054-2704
Publisher: SAGE
Journal / Book Title: JRSM open
Volume: 2
Issue: 8
Copyright Statement: © 2011 Royal Society of Medicine Press This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/), which permits non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publication Status: Published
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