An assessment of student satisfaction with peer teaching of clinical communication skills

Mills, Jonathan K. A., Dalleywater, William J. and Tischler, Victoria ORCID: 0000-0002-0086-1906 (2014) An assessment of student satisfaction with peer teaching of clinical communication skills. BMC Medical Education, 14. p. 217. ISSN 1472-6920

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Abstract

Background: Peer teaching is now used in medical education with its value increasingly being recognised. It is
not yet established whether students differ in their satisfaction with teaching by peer-teachers compared to those
taught by academic or clinical staff. This study aimed to establish satisfaction with communication skills teaching
between these three teaching groups.
Methods: Students participated in a role-play practical facilitated either by clinicians, peer-teachers or non-clinical
staff. A questionnaire was administered to first-year medical students after participating in a communication skills
role-play session asking students to evaluate their satisfaction with the session. Data were analysed in SPSS 20.
Results: One hundred and ninety eight students out of 239 (83%) responded. Students were highly satisfied with
the teaching session with no difference in satisfaction scores found between those sessions taught by peers, clinical
and non-clinical staff members. 158 (80%) considered the session useful and 139 (69%) strongly agreed tutors facilitated
their development. There was no significant difference in satisfaction scores based on tutor background.
Conclusions: Satisfaction is as high when tutored by peer-teachers compared to clinicians or non-clinical staff.
Constructive feedback is welcomed from a range of personnel. Final-year students could play an increasing role in the
teaching of pre-clinical medical students.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication skills; Peer-teaching; Medical education
Subjects: Education > Teaching and learning
Medicine and health
Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 08:57
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 11:14
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3299

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