Can communication skills be taught?

Br J Hosp Med. 1990 Mar;43(3):215-6.


Basic interviewing skills can be learned at undergraduate and postgraduate level, providing effective methods are used. These include demonstration of key skills, practice under controlled conditions, and audiotape or videotape feedback of performance by a tutor within small groups. More complex skills can also be learned but may not be used or maintained without ongoing training and supervision.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Communication*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Feedback
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Learning
  • Medical History Taking*
  • Teaching* / methods