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Communication, stress and distress: evolution of an individual support programme for medical students and doctors

Cohen, Deborah, Rollnick, Stephen, Smail, Simon, Kinnersley, Paul Richard, Houston, Helen Louise Ann and Edwards, Karen Elizabeth 2005. Communication, stress and distress: evolution of an individual support programme for medical students and doctors. Medical Education 39 (5) , pp. 476-481. 10.1111/j.1365-2929.2005.02122.x

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Background  The stress and distress that can be associated with poor communication is well recognised. The problem of how to manage this effectively has yet to be solved. Methods  In December 2001, the Communication Skills Unit sited in the Department of General Practice in the University of Wales, College of Medicine set up a pilot project for medical students and qualified doctors who were perceived to have communication difficulties. Referrals were made via the deaneries following an agreed format. Initial assessments were used to build an individually tailored programme addressing clients' needs. Discussion  Throughout the year a variety of problems were encountered ranging from language difficulties to bullying and mental health issues. Anecdotal evidence of improvements has been clear, but measuring the outcome of this intervention has proved to be more challenging. Our efforts are now focused on refining assessment and evaluation. This type of service can provide the link between national and local initiatives as well as helping to develop strategies for assessment and training in communication.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; medical; undergraduate/methods; communication; physician–patient relations; stress; psychological/education; family practice/education.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0308-0110
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 02:31

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