Training psychiatrists and family doctors in evaluating interpersonal skills

J. E. Des Marchais, P. Jean, L. G. Castonguay

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Summary. Ten psychiatrists and 15 family doctors were asked to score videotapes of patient‐doctor encounters before and after each of two training periods. One period focused on the theory of assessment of doctors' interpersonal skills, while the other was purely practical. Results indicate that after one training session in either theory or practice, both groups of doctors achieved a significantly higher interrater reliability. The second session, which crossed over theory and practice of assessment, did not increase the improvement in interrater agreement achieved by the first training period. Although both groups of doctors showed a significant increase in interrater agreement, psychiatrists exhibited greater reliability scores than family doctors before the experiment as well as after the second training session. These results were discussed in terms of their implications for future research on the doctor‐patient relationship. 1990 Blackwell Publishing

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-381
Number of pages6
JournalMedical education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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