The effectiveness of the Geritalk communication skills course: a real-time assessment of skill acquisition and deliberate practice.


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BACKGROUND: Communication skills are critical in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine because these patients confront complex clinical scenarios. We evaluated the effectiveness of the Geritalk communication skills course by comparing pre- and post-course real-time assessment of the participants leading family meetings. We also evaluated the participants' sustained skills practice. MEASURES: We compare the participants' skill acquisition before and after Geritalk using a direct observation Family Meeting Communication Assessment Tool and assess their deliberate practice at follow-up. INTERVENTION: First-year Geriatrics or Palliative Medicine fellows at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center participated in Geritalk. OUTCOMES: Pre- and post-course family meeting assessments were compared. An average net gain of 6.8 skills represented a greater than 20% improvement in use of applicable skills. At two month follow-up, most participants reported deliberate practice of fundamental and advanced skills. CONCLUSIONS/LESSONS LEARNED: This intensive training and family meeting assessment offers evidence-based communication skills training.

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Cited Authors

  • Gelfman, LP; Lindenberger, E; Fernandez, H; Goldberg, GR; Lim, BB; Litrivis, E; O'Neill, L; Smith, CB; Kelley, AS

Published Date

  • October 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 738-44.e1-6 -

PubMed ID

  • 24681183

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24681183

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6513

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.12.231


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States