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Comment & Response
April 2, 2014

Training for Effective Patient Communication

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Ralph P. Leischner Jr, MD, Institute for Medical Education, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois
JAMA. 2014;311(13):1355-1356. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1763

To the Editor In a recent report, Dr Curtis and colleagues1 found that simulation-based education did not improve patient-reported quality of communication. We disagree with the authors’ conclusion that “these findings raise questions about skills transfer from simulation training to actual patient care and the adequacy of communication skills assessment.” Instead, we propose a different explanation: the educational intervention was neither powerful nor assessed rigorously, which would prevent transfer of training outcomes to measured patient care practices or patient outcomes.

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