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Communication skills for medical students – An overview

Ramesh Ramasamy, Sathish Babu Murugaiyan, Rachel Shalini, Kuzhandai Velu Vengadapathy, Niranjan Gopal.


Communication is a process which allows us to share our ideas with other people and poor communication leads to lots of misunderstandings and mishaps. Effective communication plays a role even in the medical field; doctors and medical students have to deal with people from different cultural background and different needs. This review discusses the need for communication skills, and also the different components of effective communication. There are also certain situations in the medical profession which requires special communication skill like while breaking bad news, eliciting sexual history, resolving conflicts, which are also discussed in the review. Further gradual changes in policies in the medical curriculum to introduce and evaluate communication skills among medical students while bring a welcome change in the attitude progress and achievements of medical students.

Key words: Communication skills, Indian medical students, art of consultation

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