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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-57

Improving Patient-Centred Medicine: A Preliminary Experience for Teaching Communication Skills to Italian General Practitioners

Chair of Medical Psychology, Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

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E Vegni
Chair Medical Psychology, Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry, H San Paolo, Via di Rudinő8, I-20141 Milan
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Introduction: A key concept for general practice nowadays is that of patient-centred medicine. In this model the physician's aim is to integrate the patient's experience of illness with the conventional understanding of disease, trying to reconcile the patient's agenda with his/her own. This paper describes a preliminary experience of a CME course on patient-centred medicine in Italy. Aim and Methods: The article focuses on a 7 hour course for teaching patient-centred medicine to Italian general practitioners. Assessment of the course was done both in terms of learner satisfaction and ef.cacy. Learner satisfaction was evaluated by a questionnaire with a 6-point Likert scale and course ef.cacy by a pre/post-paper-and-pencil test. Findings and Discussion: The pilot course on patient-centred medicine seems to obtain high satisfaction in participants. Furthermore, an increase in competence with regards to patient-centredness resulted after the course. The pilot study represents the .rst Italian CME seminar on patient-centred medicine. Results obtained both in terms of Satisfaction and ef.cacy suggest that the CME course is a valid educational tool. The opportunity to extend the experience to a higher number of participants is therefore recommended.

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