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

Mills, Jonathan K. A., Dalleywater, William J. and Tischler, Victoria ORCID: (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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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
Identifier: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-217
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 (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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: 06 Feb 2024 15:52


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