A Brief Course on Clinical Communication Skills: A MultiCentered Study

Authors

  • Camila Franco School of Medicine. Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. Curitiba. Brazil. Department of Medical Education and Simulation. Faculty of Medicine. University of Porto. Porto. Portugal. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3686-5044
  • Renato Franco School of Medicine. Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. Curitiba. Brazil. Department of Medical Education and Simulation. Faculty of Medicine. University of Porto. Porto. Portugal. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1176-480X
  • Milton Severo Department of Medical Education and Simulation. Faculty of Medicine. University of Porto. Porto. Portugal. Department of Epidemiology, Predictive Medicine and Public Health. Faculty of Medicine. Porto. Portugal. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5787-4871
  • Maria Amélia Ferreira Department of Medical Education and Simulation. Faculty of Medicine. University of Porto. Porto. Portugal.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20344/amp.8393

Keywords:

Clinical Competence, Communication, Education, Medical, Undergraduate, Educational Measurement, Physician-Patient Relations, Program Evaluation.

Abstract

Introduction: This paper describes and analyses the results of a multicenter course on clinical communication skills with the use of the
learning in small groups, patient actors and feedback. The aim of the course was to encourage participants to develop a more effective clinical communication to recognize the different manifestations of the same disease in different patients (disease versus illness).
Material and Methods: The course was applied to third and fourth year medical students in three Brazilian universities and one university in Portugal. The evaluation was performed using scales regarding the participants’ point of view, multiple choice questionnaire, a self-efficacy and attitudinal questionnaire.
Results: The study was conducted in 69 participants at the four universities. The overall evaluation of the course (from 1 - 5) was 4.70
(SD 0.494), the self-evaluation on participation was 4.07 (SD 0.671); and the evaluation about the use of simulated patients 4.51 (SD 0.501). The multiple choice questionnaire and self-efficacy scale showed significant improvement.
Discussion: The course methods had an excellent evaluation by students regardless of the context in which the course has been applied. Furthermore, it allowed an improvement on the knowledge and attitude of students regarding clinical communication.
Conclusion: It was possible to develop a multi-centric learning strategy for clinical communication with a high evaluation by students who came from a Portuguese university in a cooperation project with teachers from Brazilian universities.

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Author Biographies

Camila Franco, School of Medicine. Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. Curitiba. Brazil. Department of Medical Education and Simulation. Faculty of Medicine. University of Porto. Porto. Portugal.

Médica Geral e Comunitária. Mestre em tecnologia da saúde. Estudante de doutoramento na FMUP. Departamento de simulação e educação médica da FMUP, Portugal.  Professora de medicina de família e comunidade da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brasil. 

Renato Franco, School of Medicine. Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. Curitiba. Brazil. Department of Medical Education and Simulation. Faculty of Medicine. University of Porto. Porto. Portugal.

Psiquiatra. Mestre em tecnologia da saúde. Estudante de doutoramento na FMUP. Departamento de simulação e educação médica da FMUP, Portugal.  Professor da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brasil.

Milton Severo, Department of Medical Education and Simulation. Faculty of Medicine. University of Porto. Porto. Portugal. Department of Epidemiology, Predictive Medicine and Public Health. Faculty of Medicine. Porto. Portugal.

Graduado em matemática aplicada e computação. Doutor em saúde pública. Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP). Departamento de simulação e educação médica da FMUP, Portugal.

Maria Amélia Ferreira, Department of Medical Education and Simulation. Faculty of Medicine. University of Porto. Porto. Portugal.

Médica, doutora em Educação Médica. Diretora da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Portugal.

Published

2016-12-30

How to Cite

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Franco C, Franco R, Severo M, Ferreira MA. A Brief Course on Clinical Communication Skills: A MultiCentered Study. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2016 Dec. 30 [cited 2023 Feb. 1];29(12):809-18. Available from: https://actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/8393

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