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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832


ENGEL-MATAS, Carla; GASULLA-MONTARDIT, Óscar; GOMAR-SANCHO, Carmen  and  PAREDES-ZAPATA, David. Current situation of education in communication abilities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Barcelona University. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2019, vol.22, n.3, pp.115-127.  Epub Oct 14, 2019. ISSN 2014-9840.


Communication is a fundamental competence for the university education of the future doctors.


To know the university community perception and to identify the current situation of education regarding communication abilities in the Medicine Bachelor of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Barcelona University.

Subjects and methods:

Descriptive analysis of the obtained answers to three surveys designed by Delphi method, addressed to three subgroups of the university population: professors and students in their fourth and sixth years of the academic year 2017-2018.


The survey was answered by 43 professors, 87 fourth-year students and 79 sixth-year students. Around a third of the enrolled students participated. The three populations commonly scored high the importance of communication and feedback of the clinical performance. The professors gave more value to theoretical classes than students did, who scored higher the active teaching tools. Mini-CEX and feedback were the more useful considered tools. The lack of feedback after the objective structured clinical examination limits its use. Fourth-grade students used more active training tools than the sixth-grade students.


Evidence shows a progressive improvement in the education in communication abilities and suggests areas of improvement of easy implementation in the education of these skills.

Keywords : Communication; Medical degree; Surveys; Teaching tools.

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