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BMC Med Educ. 2016 Mar 28;16:99. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0610-8.

A Latin American, Portuguese and Spanish consensus on a core communication curriculum for undergraduate medical education.

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1
Escuela de Medicina, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Facultad de Medicina, Edificio E, Ctra Pozuelo-Majadahonda, Km 1,800, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, 28223, Spain. c.garcia.prof@ufv.es.
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Escuela de Medicina, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Facultad de Medicina, Edificio E, Ctra Pozuelo-Majadahonda, Km 1,800, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, 28223, Spain.
3
Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Farmácia, Lisbon, Portugal.
4
P. Universidad Católica de Chile, Facultad de Medicina, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
5
Universidad Maimonides, Facultad de Medicina, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
6
Universidade Estadual Paulista, Faculdadede Medicina, Botucatu, Brazil.
7
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Medicina, Ciudad de México, México.
8
Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Medicina, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
9
Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Medicina, Porto, Portugal.
10
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Facultad de Medicina, Barcelona, Spain.
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Universidad de Antioquia, Facultad de Medicina, Medellín, Colombia.
12
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Faculdadede Medicina, Florianópolis, Brazil.
13
Universidad Internacional de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain.
14
Foro Español de Pacientes (Spanish Patient Forum), Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To present learning outcomes in clinical communication for a Core Curriculum for medical undergraduate students in Latin America, Portugal and Spain (LAPS-CCC) and to establish an expert network to support a transnational implementation.

METHODS:

Through an iterative process, an international group of 15 experts developed an initial set of learning outcomes following a review and discussion of relevant international and local literature. A two-round Delphi survey involving 46 experts from 8 countries was performed. Quantative and qualitative analisis permited the definition of the final consensus.

RESULTS:

The initial proposal included 157 learning outcomes. The Delphi process generated 734 comments and involved the modification, deletion and addition of some outcomes. At the end of the process, a consensus was reached on 136 learning outcomes grouped under 6 competency domains with a high overall acceptance (95.1 %).

CONCLUSIONS:

The learning outcomes of this proposal provide a guide to introduce, support and develop communication curriculae for undergraduate medical studies in the countries involved or in other Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries.

KEYWORDS:

Consensus method; Delphi technique; Health communication; Interpersonal skills; Learning outcomes; Medical curriculum; Medical education; Physician patient communication

PMID:
27017939
PMCID:
PMC4809037
DOI:
10.1186/s12909-016-0610-8
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