A pilot study assessing emotional intelligence training and communication skills with 3rd year medical students

Fletcher, I, leadbetter, Peter and O'sullivan, H (2008) A pilot study assessing emotional intelligence training and communication skills with 3rd year medical students. Annual Scientific Meeting for European Association for Communication in Healthcare, 02/09/2008 -05/09/2008, Oslo.

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To investigate whether emotional intelligence (EI) developmental training workshops can lead to increases with the Bar-On Emotional Quotient (EQ-i) total scores. METHODS: A pilot study with a quasi-randomised controlled design was employed with selfreport assessments conducted at baseline and post-intervention following a 7-month training programme. Medical students based at a UK-based medical school participated in the study, and 36 volunteer students were recruited to the control group with 50 students randomly assigned to receive the intervention. A total of 34 (68%) students in the intervention group attended the first intervention training workshop, 17 (34%) attended the majority of the monthly development sessions and completed the post-intervention assessment. In the control group only one participant did not complete the follow-up assessment. RESULTS: The intervention group had significantly higher EQ-i change from baseline mean scores than the control group. The intervention group mean scores had increased across time, whilst the control group mean scores slightly decreased. CONCLUSION: The EI developmental training workshops had a positive effect on the medical students in the intervention group. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Further research is warranted to determine whether EI can be a useful measure in medical training, and the concept and measurement of EI requires further development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Short communication
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 15:40
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9632

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