Context: It has been shown that although simulation is an effective way to train communication skills (CS), debriefing can have deleterious effects on self-efficacy (SE) and attitudes of some students. Aims: We have implemented CS training (CST) for our medical students. Our objectives are: 1) to investigate students’ perception of the quality of the debriefing atmosphere; 2) to investigate the SE and students’ attitudes towards CS after the debriefing and; 3) to see if there are correlations between these variables and the evaluation of the debriefing atmosphere. Subjects/Material/Methods: 167 3rd year medical students completed an online questionnaire at the end of their CST. This quantitative questionnaire investigated their perception of the quality of the debriefing atmosphere, their retrospectively reported SE pre and post training, and their attitudes. Results: The results indicate an increase of SE in CS after training. In addition, significant positive correlations were identified between a favourable assessment of the debriefing atmosphere and high scores of improvement of SE and positive attitudes towards CST. Conclusion: A favourable assessment of the debriefing atmosphere appears to be related to high SE and positive attitude scores reported after training. This exploratory study calls for further investigation of these variables (debriefing assessment, self-efficacy, attitudes) and their relationship to the transfer of the CS trained to practice.
|Translated title of the contribution||Communication skills training: evaluation of debriefing session and its link with self-efficacy belief and attitudes of medical students|
|Early online date||2019|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- communications skills