First Experimental Study in Turkey Teaches Veterinary Students How to Break Bad News.

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Summary of "First Experimental Study in Turkey Teaches Veterinary Students How to Break Bad News."

The importance of communication skills in veterinary medicine has been increasing for a long time. The aim of this article is to investigate how theoretical training, role-playing, and standardized/simulated client (SC) methods improve senior (fifth-year) veterinary students' skills in breaking bad news. The study was carried out with 67 volunteer senior students. The research was designed from a pre-test and post-test control group pattern. All students encountered the SC. After pre-tests, theoretical training was given to Experimental Group A (EGA) and Experimental Group B (EGB). Then, only the students in EGA role-played together. Each student completed a checklist consisting of 10 basic items after pre-tests and post-tests. After post-tests, focus group interviews with open-ended questions were conducted. In the pairwise comparisons, EGA's and EGB's adjusted post-test mean scores were significantly higher than the control group's ( < .001). EGA's and EGB's post-test scores were found to be significantly higher than their pre-test scores. Females' empathy and eye contact scores were found to be statistically higher than males' scores. This study is the first of its kind in Turkey to use SCs and peer-to-peer learning with role-play simulations in training students about breaking bad news in veterinary medicine. Results of the study show that theoretical training and role-playing has an impact on senior veterinary students' skills in breaking bad news.


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Name: Journal of veterinary medical education
ISSN: 0748-321X
Pages: e20190030


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