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Doctors' experiences of earlier mandatory postgraduate communication skills training: a qualitative study

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Objectives: This study explored the question: what are doctors' perspectives on and experiences with their earlier mandatory postgraduate communication skills training? Methods: The study used a qualitative, exploratory design. We used purposeful sampling based on the principle of maximal variation to ensure different clinical perspectives. Thus, three focus groups were formed with 12 doctors who had at- tended mandatory postgraduate communication skills training within 1-9 years prior to the study. The doctors were from three specialties: internal medicine, oncology, and general practice. We used a semi-structured interview guide, and the focus groups were video-recorded. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data material. Through an iterative process, we identified main and sub-themes.
Results: The first-year residency mandatory postgraduate communication skills training provided all participants with skills that had helped them in their ongoing clinical work. In addition, five dominant themes were observed: modes of use, the timing of course, experience with experiential methods, sharing challenges with peers, and need for continuous feed- back and follow-up. Conclusions: Doctors value early mandatory postgraduate communication skills training even years after attending the course and request similar ongoing initiatives. Their experiences are positive, they found the timing relevant, and they used the learned skills in their ongoing clinical work, even years after the initial course. Our study indicates that more attention should be given to 'early career' postgraduate communication skills training that is tailored to specific clinical contexts, including hospital settings.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Medical Education
Vol/bind13
Sider (fra-til)47-55
Antal sider9
ISSN2042-6372
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2022

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