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12th Graz Conference – Quality of Teaching

18.09. - 20.09.2008 in Graz, Österreich

Doctor-Patient-communication in the curricula of medical universities in Austria, Germany and in Switzerland


12. Grazer Konferenz - Qualität der Lehre: Skills and Attitudes. Graz, Österreich, 18.-20.09.2008. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2009. Doc08grako25

doi: 10.3205/08grako25, urn:nbn:de:0183-08grako253

Received: January 15, 2009
Revised: February 5, 2009
Accepted: February 18, 2009
Published: April 6, 2009

© 2009 Roch et al.
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Within the last few years "Doctor-Patient-Communication" and "Social Skills and Competences" have increasingly been introduced as mandatory classes to the reformed curricula of medical universities.

With these reformed curricula having only been in existence for a few years teaching and grading methods still vary and standards as to how to teach and grade doctor-patient-communication have not yet been developed .

This paper surveys and compares the teaching and grading models with regard to doctor-patient-communication presently in practice by means of a structured poll.