Using linguistic methods in clinical communication education

Shuangyu, Li; Said, Fatma Faisal Saad; O'Neill, Bernadette; Ancarno, Clyde and Niksic, Maja. 2016. Using linguistic methods in clinical communication education. MedEdPublish, [Article]

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Analysis and reflection are important components of clinical communication learning in undergraduate medical education. Current medical consultation models do not provide an effective means to analyze interaction during consultations, compromising a conversational approach to consultations. This paper introduces a conversational analytic framework: The Clin-Com Tool (CCT), drawing on interactional linguistics. Methods: 17 medical students and six communication tutors took part in an educational intervention. A mixed-methods evaluation was conducted to compare 1) participants’ abilities to analyze consultations pre- and post-intervention, and 2) elicit their perspectives of learning and using the CCT. Results: The findings showed an improvement in participants’ analytic skills in the post-intervention test (p<0.044, 95% Confidence Interval). Participants felt that the CCT heightened awareness of interactional features and socio-cultural effects on communication, and provided a systematic approach to analysis using a set of common language. Conclusion: The CCT emphasizes the development of students’ critical ability to judge and act upon the constantly changing interactional communicative situations. It transforms intuitive feelings into systematic and evidence-based analysis of interaction, enabling the development of more strategic and conversational communication with patients. The Tool can become a useful addition to other communication and consultation models used in undergraduate medial education.

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Clinical Communication, Undergraduate medical education, Interactional linguistics, Analysis and reflection

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English and Comparative Literature


21 October 2016Accepted
3 November 2016Published

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06 Feb 2019 14:34

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29 Apr 2020 17:06

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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