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Medical and psychology students' self-assessed communication skills: A pilot study.
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PMID:  21459253     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe how psychology and medical students assess their own competency and skills before and after training, in which role-play was used to teach interpersonal and communication skills.
METHOD: Interpersonal and communication skills were assessed with a semi-structured questionnaire before and after the training.
RESULTS: The students of both medicine and psychology estimated their skill levels to be higher after the course. The psychology students estimated their skills for communication, motivating interviewing, empathy and reflection, and change orientation to be better at the end of the course. Medical students estimated their communication skills, motivating interviewing skills, and change orientation skills to be better at the end of the course.
CONCLUSION: Even a short period of training in interpersonal and communication skills can positively affect the self-assessed skills of the medical students.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: In the future, it would be worthwhile to pay attention to reflective teaching practices in the training of both medical and psychology students. The cognitive and emotional components of these practices help students to develop their own communication skills.
Juhani Tiuraniemi; Riitta Läärä; Tuuli Kyrö; Sari Lindeman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-06-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1873-5134     ISO Abbreviation:  Patient Educ Couns     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  152-7     Citation Subset:  N    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Behavioural Sciences and Philosophy, University of Turku, Finland.
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