'Thinking on my feet': an improvisation course to enhance students' confidence and responsiveness in the medical interview.
, King J
, Levine R
, Clever S
, Wright S
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA.
Effective patient-centred communication requires physicians to respond 'in the moment' to comments and questions. It is a valuable skill to be able to react to unexpected patient utterances with empathy and support, and these surprises may be most common in general practice where patients are encouraged to speak to their doctor about anything. We developed an elective for medical students to learn and practise improvisational skills that would optimise their communications with patients during medical encounters.
PMID: 23498579 [PubMed - in process]