ERIC Number: ED178066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Production and Evaluation of Film Material to Assess the Interpersonal Communication Skills of Medical Students. Research and Development Paper No. 53.
Pearson, Margot; And Others
The test described was developed to help assess the interpersonal communication skills of medical students in an introductory clinical studies course at the University of New South Wales designed to improve these skills. The stimulus materials consist of filmed vignettes portraying patients expressing strong emotions to doctors. The vignette ends before the doctor replies, and students are asked to respond to the patient either in writing (open-ended test) or by choosing the most appropriate of five given responses (forced-choice test). the pre- and posttests were administered to first year medical students enrolled in the course and to a control group of first year physics students. Responses to both types of test were rated according to a schedule which assessed the ability to respond facilitatively in a patient-doctor interaction. Findings indicated that the scores of the medical students increased significantly while those of the physics students did not, suggesting that the test was sensitive to changes in the students' interpersonal communication skills. The report includes data, a list of 27 references, and a copy of the open-ended response form. (JEG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). Tertiary Education Research Centre.
Note: For a related document, see IR 007 791 ; Contains some light print