academic journalism

Medical Students’ Viewpoint on Learning Communication Skills


avatar Tahere Soltani 1 , avatar Mohammad Hossein Baghianimoghadam 1 , avatar Razieh Pirouzeh 2 , avatar Farzaneh Sardari 3 , *

1 Department of health education and promotion, school of public health, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical sciences, Yazd, Iran

2 Department of Health Education, school of public health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Medical Information and librarianship, Faculty of Management and information science, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Soltani T, Baghianimoghadam M H, Pirouzeh R, Sardari F. Medical Students’ Viewpoint on Learning Communication Skills. J Med Edu. 2016;15(4):e105547.
doi: 10.22037/jme.v15i4.12454.


Journal of Medical Education: 15 (4); e105547
Published Online: April 19, 2017
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 16, 2016
Accepted: November 05, 2016


Background and Purpose: Communication skills play an important role in diagnosis, effective treatment, and patient satisfaction. We aimed to determine the attitudes of medical students towards learning communication skills in order to design related educational programs for them.Methods: This was a cross-sectional study with a sample of 200 medical students of Yazd that were selected using classified simple random sampling. The data was collected using the Communication Skills Attitude Scale (CSAS) with approved reliability (α=0.74). Data were analyzed using SPSS software.Results: The mean±SD positive, negative, and overall attitude scores of the participants were 51.17±5.65, 34.12±4.89 and 85.27 ± 6.39, respectively. Age had no influence on their attitude towards learning communication skills.Conclusions: The finding of positive attitudes toward learning communication skills suggests that students would agree with the assertion that communication skills should be an integral part of curricula.


The body of the article can be found in the PDF file.


  • 1.

    References are available in the PDF file

© 2016, Journal of Medical Education. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License ( which permits copy and redistribute the material just in noncommercial usages, provided the original work is properly cited.