The science of talk in clinical science: using a conversation analytic approach as a foundation for communication skills training

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    Abstract

    Communication skills are considered a central part of medical and health professional curricula. The focus for both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in these curricula is often, necessarily, on that which is directly relevant to consultations and other clinical activities. Prior to engaging in this more specific and often experiential learning, it is arguable that the inclusion of foundational learning around how interaction works to adequately scaffold more specific, clinically-contextualised learning, building through the zone of proximal development. In this paper, I describe a conversation analysis-informed curriculum for communication skills in an undergraduate pre-clinical science degree which is designed to enhance the ability to critically and constructively reflect on their own communication.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number75
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalMedEdPublish
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2019

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    Keywords

    • communication skills
    • clinical science
    • core skills
    • professional practice;
    • pre-clinical
    • undergraduate
    • conversation analysis

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