Students Learning to Listen Improve Communication With Disabled People
- Disabled people feel as if they are treated as part of the medical system rather than as an individual.
- Poor communication between disabled people and their caretakers is a major fail in health and social care.
- Lack of communication does not make disabled people determined to get better and it hurts their feelings.
- Patients are looking for a personal relationship with their doctors and want the doctors to value their conditions instead of seeing them as a burden.
- Study required medical students to sit down with patients and have one-on-one conversations learning about the patient's personal life and experiences.
The study included 290 medical students and patients that were separated into 5 different groups. The groups were as follows: users and carers involved in teaching, users and carers participating in one-on-one interviews, students who participated in the teaching workshops, students who took part in focus groups, and students who completed free text comments in questionnaires.