Faculty and patient evaluations of radiology residents' communication and interpersonal skills

Naila Nadeem, Abdul Mueed Zafar, Rukhsana Wamiq Zuberi, Muhammad Nadeem Ahmad

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Objective: To assess communication and interpersonal skills (CIS) of radiology residents through faculty and standardised patients (SP). Methods: In this day-long objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in January 2009, 42 radiology residents took part at six stations in Karachi, each with a standardised patient and a faculty evaluator. Each encounter lasted 15 minutes followed by independent assessments of the residents by both the evaluators. Results: Based on rating-scale evaluations, all cases had satisfactory internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha 0.6 to 0.9). The alpha values were comparatively diminutive against the checklist scores. Correlation among faculty was 0.6 (p<0.001) with the use of both the checklist and the rating scale. Among standardised patient, intra-class correlation was 0.6 (p<0.001) for checklists and 0.7 (p=0.001) for rating scales. Moderate to strong correlations (r=0.6 to 0.9) existed between checklist and rating scores by the same type of evaluator. Correlations among the faculty and standardised patient using the same assessment tool were unimpressive. Conclusion: Both checklists and rating scales can serve as satisfactory assessment tools for communication and interpersonal skills using objective structured and clinical examination with the assistance of faculty and standardised patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915-919
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Radiologists
  • Standardised patients


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