Improving clinician competency in communication about schizophrenia: A pilot educational program for psychiatry trainees Journal Article


Authors: Loughland, C.; Kelly, B.; Ditton-Phare, P.; Sandhu, H.; Vamos, M.; Outram, S.; Levin, T.
Article Title: Improving clinician competency in communication about schizophrenia: A pilot educational program for psychiatry trainees
Abstract: Objective: Important gaps are observed in clinicians' communication with patients and families about psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. Communication skills can be taught, and models for education in these skills have been developed in other fields of medicine, such as oncology, providing a framework for training communication skills relevant to psychiatric practice. This study evaluated a pilot communication skills education program for psychiatry trainees, focusing on discussing schizophrenia diagnosis and prognosis. Method: Communication skills training modules were developed based on an existing theoretical framework (ComSkil), adapted for discussing a schizophrenia diagnosis and prognosis. Pre-post training rating of self-reported confidence in a range of communication tasks was obtained, along with trainee views on the training methods. Results: Thirty-eight participants completed the training. Significant improvements in confidence were reported post training for discussing schizophrenia prognosis, including an increased capacity to critically evaluate their own communication skills. Participants reported high levels of satisfaction with the program. Conclusion: This preliminary study provides support for the translation of a well-established educational model to psychiatric training addressing core clinical communication tasks and provides the foundation for the development of a more comprehensive evaluation and an extended curriculum regarding other aspects of care for patients with schizophrenia: ongoing management and recovery, dealing with conflict, and conducting a family interview. © 2014 Academic Psychiatry.
Keywords: psychiatry; communication skills training; education program; schizophrenia
Journal Title: Academic Psychiatry
Volume: 39
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1042-9670
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing  
Date Published: 2015-04-01
Start Page: 160
End Page: 164
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/s40596-014-0195-7
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 25053274
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Notes: Export Date: 2 April 2015 -- Source: Scopus
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