Journal article

'I wouldn't get that feedback from anywhere else': learning partnerships and the use of high school students as simulated patients to enhance medical students' communication skills

H Cahill, J Coffey, L Sanci



This article evaluates whether the use of high school students as simulated patients who provide formative feedback enhances the capacity of medical students in their fifth year of training to initiate screening conversations and communicate effectively with adolescents about sensitive health issues.Focus group interviews with medical students (n = 52) and school students aged 15-16 (n = 107) were conducted prior to and following involvement in Learning Partnerships workshops. Prior to workshops focus groups with school students asked about attitudes to help-seeking in relation to sensitive health issues, and following workshops asked whether the workshop had made a difference to their conce..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the CASS foundation for funding this research, and staff from the Centre for Adolescent Health and Department of Paediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne; Rural Health Academic Centre; and Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, and all teachers and students from schools who participated in the workshops and research. The authors also wish to thank the reviewers of this journal for their helpful comments and suggestions.