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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 134-139

Assessment of communication skills of interns in pediatrics using mini-clinical evaluation exercise

Departments of Paediatrics, Army College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Bindu T Nair
Department of Paediatrics, Army College of Medical Sciences, Delhi Cantt., New Delhi - 110 010
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/smj.smj_56_20

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Background: Interns who would be the future doctors are not being observed for communication skills at their workplace. The Mini-clinical evaluation exercise (mini-CEX) can be used as a “Work Place Based Assessment” (WPBA) tool for the assessment of the communication skills of the interns and also for giving immediate feedback. This study was done to evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, and effectiveness of mini-CEX for improving the communication skills of interns in Pediatrics. Materials and Methods: It was a prospective interventional study which was conducted in the Department of Pediatrics. Forty interns and six faculty who volunteered participated in the mini-CEX encounters. The structured assessment mini-CEX form by the American Board of Internal Medicine was used. Each intern faced six assessment sessions on mini-CEX forms with each of the faculty. At the end of the internship rotation, the perceptions of the interns and faculty were gathered by an anonymous validated questionnaire containing both close-ended (using 5-point Likert scale) and open-ended questions. Statistical Analysis Used: The descriptive data were analyzed on the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 23. also done. Qualitative data of open-ended questions were done by thematic analysis. Results: Most interns (87.5%) and all faculty (100%) felt that mini-CEX helped them in achieving good communication skills. Comparison between the 1st and the 6th encounter of mini-CEX showed an increase in the mean score values for all skill competencies, and this improvement was statistically significant (P < 0.001). Conclusions: Mini-CEX is an acceptable, feasible, and effective WPBA tool for communication skills training of interns in pediatrics.

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