Journal article

Evaluation of a communication skills course: cultural relevance of the patient-centred interview in a Hong Kong Chinese setting.

Debra Nestel

Med Teach | Published : 2001


Evidence for the use of a patient-centred model for interviewing is well established in the West. There is much less evidence for the application of the model in other cultural settings. This paper describes the impact of a communication skills (CS) course for doctors (n = 32) working in government outpatient clinics in Hong Kong. Emphasis is placed on the cultural relevance of the patient-centred interview (PCI) and educational techniques. Knowledge scores increased immediately after the course and again 8 weeks later (p < 0.001). Participants held favourable attitudes at the outset of the course and these were largely maintained. Qualitative data suggests that the doctors' competence in CS..

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