Body expression skills training in a communication course for dental students

Vassiliki Riga, Anastassia Kossioni
2014 Education for Health  
In the health professions, competency in communication skills is necessary for the development of a satisfactory physician-patient interaction. Body expression is an important domain of the communication process, oft en not adequately addressed. Th e aim of this study was to describe the methodology and content of a pilot introductory training session in body expression for dental students before the beginning of their clinical training. Methods: Th e educational methods were based on
more » ... based on experiential learning and embodied training, where the session's content focused on fi ve themes representing diff erent phases of the dental treatment session. A questionnaire was distributed before and aft er the session to assess any changes in students' self-perceptions in communication skills. Results: Th ere were statistically signifi cant improvements in the total values of the students self-perceptions of their communication skills obtained before and aft er the training and in specifi c elements such as small group situations, performing an interview, understanding the feelings of others and expressing one's own feelings. Discussion: Th e dental students in the present study felt that this preclinical experiential learning session improved their communication skills. Th e feedback from this training experience will enable further development of an eff ective communication course for clinical dentistry.
doi:10.4103/1357-6283.134301 pmid:24934939 fatcat:wvuegozpavbhhojgqfl6enhf3m