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J Pharm Pract. 2010 Dec;23(6):525-30. doi: 10.1177/0897190010372858. Epub 2010 Jun 18.

Does the addition of writing into a pharmacy communication skills course significantly impact student communicative learning outcomes? A pilot study.

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Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA. jlonie@liu.edu

Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine if the addition of a reflective writing component in a fourth year (P-2) pharmacy communication skills course would significantly affect 2 measures of learning: (1) objective multiple choice examination questions and (2) a patient counseling Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) score. Using a nonequivalent group quasi-experimental retrospective comparison design, 98 randomly selected final examination scores from students taking a non-writing intensive (NWI) communication skills course were compared with 112 randomly selected final examination scores from students that took a communication skills course in which students engaged in several reflective writing assignments. In addition, 91 randomly selected patient counseling OSCE scores from a NWI course were statistically compared with 112 scores from students that took the writing intensive (WI) course. There were statistically significant improvements in multiple choice examination scores in the group that took the reflective writing communication skills course. There was not a statistically significant difference in patient counseling OSCE scores after students completed the WI course. Studying the effects of using reflective writing assignments in communication skills courses may improve the retention and retrieval of information presented within the course.

PMID:
21507857
DOI:
10.1177/0897190010372858
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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