Assessment of Students' Attitude towards Learning Communication Skills: An Exploratory Study

  • Rupam Tripathi Universal College of Medical Sciences, College of Dental Surgery, Bhairahawa, Nepal
  • Navin Tripathi Gandaki Medical College, Pokhara, Nepal
  • Malati Tripathi Gandaki Medical College, Pokhara, Nepal
  • Rubina Shrestha Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal
  • Dheeraj Kesari Universal College of Medical Sciences, College of Dental Surgery, Bhairahawa
  • Pradip Chhetri Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal
Keywords: Attitude, communication skills, undergraduates, medical and dental students

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Good communication skills can increase the health-care providers' diagnostic efficiency and decision making ability, as well as lead to improved patient satisfaction. The aim of this study is to determine the attitude associated with learning communication skills among dental and medical students.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted among 231 students, studying in Universal College Of Medical Sciences (UCMS), College of Dental Surgery, Bhairahawa, Nepal using a standardized pro forma which consisted of questions on general information and of communication skills using validated  Communication Skills Attitude Scale. For statistical analysis, Mann-Whitney U test and Kruskal-Wallis test were applied.

RESULTS: Students indicate high levels of positive attitudes and low levels of negative attitudes. Attitudinal scores differ insignificantly in relation to gender.

CONCLUSION: Medical and dental students in our study show basically a positive approach. Further investigation is necessary to explore and understand attitudes towards communication skills of medical and dental undergraduates.

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Author Biographies

Rupam Tripathi, Universal College of Medical Sciences, College of Dental Surgery, Bhairahawa, Nepal

Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics

Navin Tripathi, Gandaki Medical College, Pokhara, Nepal

Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery

Malati Tripathi, Gandaki Medical College, Pokhara, Nepal

Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics

Rubina Shrestha, Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal

Department of Community Medicine

Dheeraj Kesari, Universal College of Medical Sciences, College of Dental Surgery, Bhairahawa

Department of Anaesthesiology

Pradip Chhetri, Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal

Department of Community Medicine

Published
2019-07-02
How to Cite
Tripathi, R., Tripathi, N., Tripathi, M., Shrestha, R., Kesari, D., & Chhetri, P. (2019). Assessment of Students’ Attitude towards Learning Communication Skills: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Universal College of Medical Sciences, 7(1), 42-45. https://doi.org/10.3126/jucms.v7i1.24690
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