UKM medical graduates’ perception of their communication skills during housemanship

Abdus Salam, and Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus, and Siti Harnida Md Isa, and Zulkifli Zainuddin, and Azian Abdul Latiff, and Ng, Soon Pheng and Zauyah Yusuf, and Ima Nirwana Soelaiman, and Nabishah Mohamad, and Norhayati Moktar, (2008) UKM medical graduates’ perception of their communication skills during housemanship. Medicine & Health, 3 (1). pp. 54-58. ISSN 1823-2140


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The art of talking to patients and their relatives does not come naturally to most of us and the ability to put oneself in the patients’ predicament is difficult particularly for the young doctors. To identify the communication abilities of the young doctors, a cross sectional study was carried out on 32 house officers who graduated from UKM in 2004 during their house jobs at different hospitals in Malaysia. A standardized questionnaire was used to collect the data. Fifty nine percent respondents claimed that they had communicated very well with patients while 69% with support staff and 88% with peers. On the other hand 38% and 41% of the respondents claimed they communicated very well with their superiors and families of patients. Only 22% of the graduates’ skills of communication in breaking bad news were very well, while 50% and 81% were very well in counselling patients and taking consent for procedures. Curriculum planners need to emphasize the importance of developing good communication skills in all aspects for the future doctors

Item Type:Article
Keywords:communication skills; perceptions; medical graduates; future doctors
Journal:Medicine & Health
ID Code:2014
Deposited By: mr Mustaffa Abu Bakar
Deposited On:22 Jun 2011 04:00
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