Development and evaluation of a risk communication curriculum for medical students.
Patient education and counseling
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
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.
Han, Paul K J; Joekes, Katherine; Elwyn, Glyn; Mazor, Kathleen M; Thomson, Richard; Sedgwick, Philip; Ibison, Judith; and Wong, John B, "Development and evaluation of a risk communication curriculum for medical students." (2014). Maine Medical Center. 351.