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Type: Journal article
Title: Evaluation of a communication skills training program for companion-animal veterinarians: a pilot study using RIAS coding
Author: McArthur, M.
Fitzgerald, J.
Citation: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 2016; 43(2):111-125
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0748-321X
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Michelle McArthur, Jennifer Fitzgerald
Abstract: Effective veterinarian communication skills training and the related key outcomes provided the impetus for this study. We implemented a pre-experimental pre-test/post-test single-group design with a sample of 13 veterinarians and their 71 clients to evaluate the effects of a 6.5-hour communication skills intervention for veterinarians. Consultations were audiotaped and analyzed with the Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS). Clients completed the Consultation and Relational Care Measure, a global satisfaction scale, a Parent Medical Interview Satisfaction Scale, and the Adherence Intent measure. Veterinarians completed a communication confidence measure and a workshop satisfaction scale. Contrary to expectation, neither veterinarian communication skills nor their confidence improved post-training. Despite client satisfaction and perceptions of veterinarians' relational communication skills not increasing, clients nevertheless reported an increased intent to adhere to veterinarian recommendations. This result is important because client adherence is critical to managing and enhancing the health and well-being of animals. The results of the study suggest that while the workshop was highly regarded, either the duration of the training or practice opportunities were insufficient or a booster session was required to increase veterinarian confidence and integration of new skills. Future research should utilize a randomized control study design to investigate the appropriate intervention with which to achieve change in veterinarian communication skills. Such change could translate to more effective interactions in veterinarians' daily lives.
Keywords: Veterinarian; communication skills; training; client satisfaction; communication confidence; RIAS; client adherence
Rights: © 2016 AAVMC
DOI: 10.3138/jvme.0215-016R2
Appears in Collections:Animal and Veterinary Sciences publications
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