Evaluation of a breaking bad news course for medical students

A M Cushing, Alison Jones

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This paper presents the evaluation of a Breaking Bad News course run for three groups of medical students (fourth and fifth year from the London Hospital Medical College and fourth year from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College). The course, which is student centred, uses group discussion, videotape presentations and role‐play including actors. All teachers, clinicians and human science tutors, had been through a staff training programme on teaching methods. At the end of the course, students' knowledge of important principles in giving bad news had increased, particularly in relation to interpersonal communication; they were more confident in their ability to break bad news well; and the course learning methods were highly rated. The course was just as well received by fourth year as by fifth year students and several said they would like more of this training. The evaluation shows that if reservations about role‐play can be overcome then this experiential learning is highly valued by students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-435
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1995
Externally publishedYes


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