Student self-reported communication skills, knowledge and confidence across standardised patient, virtual and traditional clinical learning environments
OPEN BMC medical education | 28 Feb 2016
M Quail, SB Brundage, J Spitalnick, PJ Allen and J Beilby
Advanced communication skills are vital for allied health professionals, yet students often have limited opportunities in which to develop them. The option of increasing clinical placement hours is unsustainable in a climate of constrained budgets, limited placement availability and increasing student numbers. Consequently, many educators are considering the potentials of alternative training methods, such as simulation. Simulations provide safe, repeatable and standardised learning environments in which students can practice a variety of clinical skills. This study investigated students' self-rated communication skill, knowledge, confidence and empathy across simulated and traditional learning environments.
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