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Enhancing clinical communication in dermatologists: a personalized educational intervention

Tsimtsiou, Z., Stavropoulou, C., Papastefanou, N. & Lionis, C. (2017). Enhancing clinical communication in dermatologists: a personalized educational intervention. Journal of Dermatological Treatment ISSN 0954-6634, 28(7), pp. 647-651. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2017.1309348


OBJECTIVES: Effective communication is a vital component of patient-centered consultations with favorable treatment outcomes. This study aimed in testing the effectiveness of a personalized, communication training program for dermatologists in their practices.

METHODS: Fifteen dermatologists were offered the educational intervention NO.TE.S. (Non-Technical Skills). Depending on the dermatologists' needs, seven to nine sessions with a 60-min duration were performed, focusing on: patient-centered care, principles of Neurolinguistic Programming, a guide to the medical interview, principles of motivational interviewing and self-care. After the program's completion, participants completed anonymously an 18-item evaluation questionnaire.

RESULTS: All 14 participants would suggest NO.TE.S to a colleague. According to the main themes identified, their participation led to (i) re-consideration of the physician-patient relationship, (ii) more conscious application of the patient-centered model, (iii) improvement in communication skills, (iv) awareness of medical interview guides, (v) increase in self-confidence, and (vi) techniques of self-care. Eleven physicians (78.6%) declared improvement in patients' satisfaction, 14 (100%) in their own satisfaction, seven (50%) in adherence to therapeutic plan and seven (50%) in treatment outcomes.

CONCLUSION: The one-to-one coaching is a convenient and well-received personalized means of enhancing clinical communication in dermatologists, leading to more patient-centered medical encounters with better treatment outcomes.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Dermatological Treatment on 6 Apr 2017, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Clinical communication, communication skills, intervention, training, evaluation, patient-centered
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
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