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A quantitative survey of intern’s knowledge of communications skills: an Iranian exploration

Tavakol, Mohsen, Torabi, Sima, Lyne, Owen D., Zeinaloo, Ali A. (2005) A quantitative survey of intern’s knowledge of communications skills: an Iranian exploration. BMC Medical Education, 5 (6). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1472-6920. (doi:10.1186/1472-6920-5-6) (KAR id:7577)

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It is a high priority that health care providers have effective communication skills. It has been well documented that the doctor-patient relationship is central to the delivery of high quality medical care, and it has been shown to affect patient satisfaction, to decrease the use of pain killers, to shorten hospital stays, to improve recovery from surgery and a variety of other biological, psychological and social outcomes. This study sought to quantify the current knowledge of interns in Iran about communication skills.


A cross-sectional study using a self-report questionnaire was conducted among interns. Data analysis was based on 223 questionnaires. The internal consistency of the items was 0.8979.


Overall, knowledge levels were unsatisfactory. Results indicated that interns had a limited knowledge of communication skills, including identification of communication skills. In addition, there was a significant difference between the mean scores of interns on breaking bad news and sex education. The confidence of males about their communication skills was significantly higher than for females. Analysis of the total scores by age and sex showed that there was a statistically significant main effect for sex and the interaction with age was statistically significant. Free response comments of the interns are also discussed.


It is argued that there is a real need for integrating a communication skills course, which is linked to the various different ethnic and religious backgrounds of interns, into Iranian medical curricula. Some recommendations are made and the limitations of the study are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/1472-6920-5-6
Additional information: "This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited."
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Depositing User: Owen Lyne
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2008 14:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:45 UTC
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