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Patient Educ Couns. 2007 Nov;68(3):270-8. Epub 2007 Aug 21.

Evidence based management of acute bronchitis; sustained competence of enhanced communication skills acquisition in general practice.

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Department of General Practice, Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, The Netherlands. j.cals@hag.unimaas.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if a communication skills training program for general practitioners involving context-rich learning experiences and 'peer review' of consultation transcripts results in communication skills acquisition and maintenance, while preserving time-efficiency in consultations.

METHODS:

A pre-test-post-test evaluation of training 20 general practitioners (GPs) in enhanced communication skills. Audio taped consultations with simulated patients in routine practice conducted before, within 2 weeks and again 6 months after communication skills training were analysed and consultation length measured. Transcripts were scored for specific skills to determine differences in short and longer-term competence of GPs for the communication skills.

RESULTS:

There was good evidence that GPs acquired key communication skills after training and that these were maintained over 6 months. Consultations remained within normal consultation length in primary care.

CONCLUSION:

Specific communication skills for acute bronchitis can be successfully acquired by GPs through context-rich communication training with peer review of transcripts with simulated patients, without making consultation length unfeasible.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

This approach to skill acquisition is useful for enhancing communication skills competence in general medical practice.

PMID:
17714907
DOI:
10.1016/j.pec.2007.06.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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