Abstract

Background. Communication skills are critical in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine because these patients confront complex clinical scenarios. We evaluated the effectiveness of the Geritalk communication skills course by comparing pre- and post-course real-time assessment of the participants leading family meetings. We also evaluated the participants sustained skills practice. Measures. We compare the participants skill acquisition before and after Geritalk using a direct observation Family Meeting Communication Assessment Tool and assess their deliberate practice at follow-up. Intervention. First-year Geriatrics or Palliative Medicine fellows at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center participated in Geritalk. Outcomes. Pre- and post-course family meeting assessments were compared. An average net gain of 6.8 skills represented a greater than 20% improvement in use of applicable skills. At two month follow-up, most participants reported deliberate practice of fundamental and advanced skills. Conclusions/Lessons Learned. This intensive training and family meeting assessment offers evidence-based communication skills training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-744.e6
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Communication skills
  • assessment tool
  • deliberate
  • education
  • graduate medical
  • meeting
  • practice family

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