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Communication skills of healthcare professionals in paediatric diabetes services

Hambly, Helen Francesca, Robling, Michael Richard, Crowne, E., Hood, Kerenza and Gregory, John Welbourn 2009. Communication skills of healthcare professionals in paediatric diabetes services. Diabetic Medicine 26 (5) , pp. 502-509. 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2009.02708.x

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Abstract

Aims To identify training needs in communication skills and to assess training preferences of staff working in paediatric diabetes services, which will inform the development of a learning programme in behaviour change counselling for healthcare professionals. Methods Three hundred and eighty-five staff in 67 UK paediatric diabetes services were sent questionnaires to determine their previous communication skills training, to measure their self-reported view of the importance of and confidence in addressing common clinical problems and to assess the perceived feasibility of training methods to improve skilfulness. Results Two hundred and sixty-six questionnaires (69%) were returned from 65 services. Sixteen per cent of doctors, nurses and dietitians reported no previous training in communication skills and 47% had received no training since graduating. Respondents rated psychosocial issues as more important to address than medical issues within consultations (t = 8.93, P < 0.001), but felt less confident addressing such issues (t = 15.85, P < 0.001). One-day workshops and monthly team meetings were the most popular of the training options considered (65% and 77%, respectively). CD ROM and web-based learning were considered feasible for 54% and 56% of respondents, respectively, although lack of time (55%) and privacy (34%) were potential barriers. Conclusions Addressing psychosocial issues is an important component of consultations involving young people with diabetes, but healthcare professionals find it easier to address medical issues. This represents a key training need in communication skills for diabetes professionals. The survey will inform the development of a tailored learning programme for health professionals in UK paediatric diabetes clinics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication skills, diabetes, health-care professionals, paediatrics, training needs
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0742-3071
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2019 22:42
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/26862

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