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How we developed Doctors speak up: An evidence-based language and communication skills open access resource for international medical graduates

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  • Robyn Woodward-Kron
  • Catriona Fraser
  • John Pill
  • Eleanor Flynn
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Medical Teacher
Issue number1
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)31-33
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date6/05/14
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Background: Some International Medical Graduates (IMGs) need to develop language and communication skills for patient-centred care but have limited opportunities to do so.

Aim: To develop an evidence-based, language and communication skills web resource for IMG doctors and supervisors, focussing on culturally challenging patient interviews.

Methods: Forty-eight IMGs participated in four practice OSCEs. We video-recorded the interactions and applied discourse analytic methods to investigate salient language and communication features.

Results: The findings from the OSCE workshops showed that many participants demonstrated aspects of patient-centred interviewing but were hindered by limited interactional competence to elicit information and negotiate behaviours as well as a limited repertoire of English grammar, vocabulary, and phonological phrasing for effective interaction. These findings guided the choice of content and pedagogy for the development of the web-based resource Doctors Speak Up.

Conclusion: Evaluation and uptake of the Doctors Speak Up website confirm the demand for a resource combining targeted communication skills and language instruction. Over 19 500 users visited the website between March 2012 and November 2013.