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Assessing the training needs of medical students in patient information gathering

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dc.contributor.author Gilligan, C., Brubacher, S. P., & Powell, M. B.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-26T14:27:18Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-26T14:27:18Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Gilligan, C., Brubacher, S. P., & Powell, M. B. (2020). Assessing the training needs of medical students in patient information gathering. BMC medical education, 20(1), 1-11. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-020-1975-2
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4795
dc.description.abstract Background Effective communication is at the heart of good medical practice but rates of error, patient complaints, and poor clinician job satisfaction are suggestive of room for improvement in this component of medical practice and education. Methods We conducted semi-structured interviews with experienced clinicians (n = 19) and medical students (n = 20) to explore their experiences associated with teaching and learning clinical communication skills and identify targets for improvements to addressing these skills in medical curricula. Results Interviews were thematically analysed and four key themes emerged; the importance of experience, the value of role-models, the structure of a consultation, and confidence. Conclusions The findings reinforce the need for improvement in teaching and learning communication skills in medicine, with particular opportunity to target approaches to teaching foundational skills which can establish a strong grounding before moving into more complex situations, thus preparing students for the flexibility required in medical interviewing. A second area of opportunity and need is in the engagement and training of clinicians as mentors and teachers, with the findings from both groups indicating that preparation for teaching and feedback is lacking. Medical programs can improve their teaching of communication skills and could learn from other fields s to identify applicable innovative approaches. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BMC medical education en_US
dc.subject healthcare professionals en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Australia en_US
dc.subject patient care en_US
dc.subject medical students en_US
dc.title Assessing the training needs of medical students in patient information gathering en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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