Communication skills in psychiatry training Journal Article


Authors: Ditton-Phare, P.; Halpin, S.; Hunter, H. S.; Kelly, B.; Vamos, M.; Outram, S.; Bylund, C. L.; Levin, T.; Kissane, D.; Cohen, M.; Loughland, C.
Article Title: Communication skills in psychiatry training
Abstract: Objective: Mental health clinicians can experience problems communicating distressing diagnostic information to patients and their families, especially about severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Evidence suggests that interpersonal communication skills can be effectively taught, as has been demonstrated in the specialty of oncology. However, very little literature exists with respect to interpersonal communication skills training for psychiatry. This paper provides an overview of the communication skills training literature. Conclusions: The report reveals significant gaps exist and highlights the need for advanced communication skills training for mental health clinicians, particularly about communicating a diagnosis and/or prognosis of schizophrenia. A new communication skills training framework for psychiatry is described, based on that used in oncology as a model. This model promotes applied skills and processes that are easily adapted for use in psychiatry, providing an effective platform for the development of similar training programs for psychiatric clinical practice.
Keywords: psychiatry; communication skills training; curriculum development; education program; schizophrenia
Journal Title: Australasian Psychiatry
Volume: 23
Issue: 4
ISSN: 1039-8562
Publisher: Sage Publications  
Date Published: 2015-08-01
Start Page: 429
End Page: 431
Language: English
DOI: 10.1177/1039856215590026
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 26104774
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Notes: Export Date: 2 December 2015 -- Source: Scopus
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