Training future doctors to be patient-centred: Efficacy of a Communication Skills Training (CST) programme in a Malaysian medical institution

Hera Lukman, Zuhrah Beevi, Reiko Yeap

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Abstract

This study evaluates the efficacy of the preclinical communication skills training (CST) programme at the International Medical University in Malaysia. Efficacy indicators include students’ 1) perceived competency 2) attitude 3) conceptual knowledge, and 4) performance with regard to patient-centred communication. A longitudinal study with a before-after design tracked a preclinical cohort’s progress on the aforementioned indicators as they advance through the training. Results indicate that following the CST, students perceived themselves to be more competent in
interpersonal communication, had more positive attitude towards patient-centred communication, and developed a better conceptual knowledge of doctor-patient communication. In addition, those with good conceptual knowledge tend to demonstrate better communication skills performance at the Objective Structure Clinical Examination 12 months following the initial CST.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-55
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume64
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

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