Interns’ perceptions of the importance of “soft skills” in clinical practice in India

Naineni, K, Desu, R, Bhat, N R, Mada, S, Nagi Reddy, G V, Sateesh, S and Anderson, J L (2019) Interns’ perceptions of the importance of “soft skills” in clinical practice in India. Journal of Research in Medical Education & Ethics, 9 (1). pp. 7-12. ISSN 2231-671X

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“Soft skills” are now essential component of Indian medical curricula. However, little is known about Indian interns’ perceptions of importance of “soft skills” in clinical practice. The study aimed to explore interns’ perceptions of the significance of “soft skills” in clinical practice.

This was an observational, cross-sectional study in the form of a small survey of a random sample of interns at Narayana Medical College. It used a brief, structured, interviewer- administered questionnaire. Out of a cohort of 100 interns, 40 were randomly selected from the intern lists and invited to participate.

All the participants said that “soft skills” are very important for doctors in clinical practice. Most, 88% of the interns said that they had not received “soft skills” training and the 12 % who said they received some training reported that it was not structured. Almost all, 95% said that they would like to learn “soft skills” and 97% strongly felt that they should be included in medical training. While 27% of the interns said they felt confident in consulting with patients independently, 50% said they were not confident. Half (50%) said that they were confident in leading a team and breaking bad news.

This is the first study in India to explore interns’ perception of “soft skills” in clinical practice. Interns perceived “soft skills” as significant and said they take up opportunities to acquire competence in them. This is a small study and further large-scale, multicenter research is required to validate this study’s findings.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Cherie Elody
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 10:50
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 13:21

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