• oncology;
  • medical education;
  • communication skills;
  • self-efficacy;
  • attitudes

LENZI R., BAILE W.F., COSTANTINI A., GRASSI L. & PARKER P.A. (2010) European Journal of Cancer Care20, 196–203 Communication training in oncology: results of intensive communication workshops for Italian oncologists

The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a 3-day communication course model for senior Italian oncologists. The course, initially designed for US oncologists, was modified to address specific educational areas expected to be relevant to the targeted participants. Five 3-day intensive communication courses were held for oncologists from different geographical regions in Italy. The courses included formal lectures, small group work, role play and interviews with simulated patients. Participants completed questionnaires before and after the 3-day workshop. An improvement in self-efficacy, knowledge of communication skills, favourable changes in attitudes towards disclosure of medical information and assessing patients' concerns and fears were demonstrated at the end of the course. The course was feasible and succeeded in improving parameters associated with effective communication behaviours.