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Int J Pharm Pract. 2011 Dec;19(6):435-7. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-7174.2011.00149.x. Epub 2011 Jul 22.

Improving pharmacy counselling skills: an interdisciplinary model of support for students with English as an additional language.

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Learning and Teaching Unit, City East Campus, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The pilot project, described in this paper, targeted English as an additional language (EAL) students to facilitate their development of patient counselling communication skills.

METHODS:

An interdisciplinary content-based model was developed drawing on an interactional sociolinguistic framework to map language use valued in pharmacy counselling. Evaluation included analysis of successive self-assessments and surveys of students, surveys of teaching staff and final test results.

KEY FINDINGS:

Evaluation indicated that the interdisciplinary model was highly successful in improving EAL students' competency in pharmacy counselling.

CONCLUSIONS:

The model may have possible wider application for education in health professional programmes.

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