TY - ABST
AU - Power, B. T.
AU - Lennie, S. C.
TI - Pre‐registration dietetic students’ attitudes to learning communication skills
JO - Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics
PY - 2012-04-01T00:00:00///
VL - 25
IS - 2
SP - 189
EP - 197
How to cite this article Power B.T. & Lennie S.C. (2012) Pre‐registration dietetic students’ attitudes to learning communication skills. J Hum Nutr Diet.
Background: Communication is a core skill and a prerequisite for dietitians’ clinical competence. It is generally acknowledged that communication skills can be taught and learned. There is a paucity of published work identifying
dietetic students’ attitudes towards learning communication skills, and understanding this is important.
Methods: The present cross‐sectional study aimed to address this issue using an adapted version of the Communication Skills Attitude Scale (CSAS), which was
designed to capture information concerning positive and negative attitudes to learning communication skills. An online questionnaire was sent to all undergraduate and post‐graduate dietetic programmes in the UK.
Results: Of the students’ solicited for enrolment
in the study, 33.4% (n = 300) completed the questionnaire. A one‐way analysis of variance showed attitudes to learning communication skills differed significantly between years of study on both subscales of the CSAS. Subsequent analyses indicated that first‐year
students’ attitudes to learning communication skills were significantly more positive than those of fourth‐year students (P = 0.042). Third‐year students had significantly more positive attitudes to learning communication skills than fourth‐year
students (P = 0.028). Negative attitudes were also linked to the year of study with fourth‐year students having significantly more negative attitudes than third‐year students (P = 0.046). Sex, practice placement experience and parental occupation
did not significantly influence attitudes to learning communication skills.
Conclusions: These findings indicate that efforts are required to maintain positive attitudes to learning communication skills. Further longitudinal studies are recommended in this respect.
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M3 - doi:10.1111/j.1365-277X.2012.01226.x
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2012.01226.x