Title

Development and evaluation of a risk communication curriculum for medical students.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Institution/Department

CORE

Journal Title

Patient education and counseling

MeSH Headings

Clinical Competence, Communication, Curriculum, Education, Medical, Undergraduate, Educational Measurement, Evidence-Based Medicine, Female, Humans, Models, Educational, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Physician-Patient Relations, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Risk, Students, Medical, United States

ISSN

1873-5134

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To develop, pilot, and evaluate a curriculum for teaching clinical risk communication skills to medical students.

METHODS: A new experience-based curriculum, "Risk Talk," was developed and piloted over a 1-year period among students at Tufts University School of Medicine. An experimental study of 2nd-year students exposed vs. unexposed to the curriculum was conducted to evaluate the curriculum's efficacy. Primary outcome measures were students' objective (observed) and subjective (self-reported) risk communication competence; the latter was assessed using an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) employing new measures.

RESULTS: Twenty-eight 2nd-year students completed the curriculum, and exhibited significantly greater (p

CONCLUSION: The new experience-based clinical risk communication curriculum was efficacious, although resource-intensive. More work is needed to develop the feasibility of curriculum delivery, and to improve the measurement of competence in clinical risk communication.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Risk communication is an important advanced communication skill, and the Risk Talk curriculum provides a model educational intervention and new assessment tools to guide future efforts to teach and evaluate this skill.

First Page

43

Last Page

49

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