The use of paraprofessionals to teach interviewing skills

Pediatrics. 1976 May;57(5):769-74.


Two nonphysician mothers were each trained to give a consistent and authentic history of a child's common medical problem. At the beginning of a Pediatric Clerkship, one half the students were randomly assigned to interview one of the trained mothers. The interviews were videotaped and then replayed in an evaluative feedback session with each student. At the end of the clerkship these students were rated significantly higher on the process of interviewing than those students who did not have the initial evaluative feedback session.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking*
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Teaching / methods