A Latin American, Portuguese and Spanish consensus on a core communication curriculum for undergraduate medical education

Cristina García De Leonardo, Roger Ruiz-Moral, Fernando Caballero, Afonso Cavaco, Philippa Moore, Lila Paula Dupuy, Antonio Pithon-Cyrino, M. Teresa Cortés, Marilen Gorostegui, Elizabete Loureiro, Josep M.Bosch Fontcuberta, Luis Casasbuenas Duarte, Lara Kretzer, Emilia Arrighi, Albert Jovell

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    © 2016 García de Leonardo et al. Background: To present learning outcomes in clinical communication for a Core Curriculum for medical undergraduate students in Latin America, Portugal and Spain (LAPS-CCC) and to establish an expert network to support a transnational implementation. Methods: Through an iterative process, an international group of 15 experts developed an initial set of learning outcomes following a review and discussion of relevant international and local literature. A two-round Delphi survey involving 46 experts from 8 countries was performed. Quantative and qualitative analisis permited the definition of the final consensus. Results: The initial proposal included 157 learning outcomes. The Delphi process generated 734 comments and involved the modification, deletion and addition of some outcomes. At the end of the process, a consensus was reached on 136 learning outcomes grouped under 6 competency domains with a high overall acceptance (95.1 %). Conclusions: The learning outcomes of this proposal provide a guide to introduce, support and develop communication curriculae for undergraduate medical studies in the countries involved or in other Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number99
    JournalBMC Medical Education
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2016


    • Consensus method
    • Delphi technique
    • Health communication
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Learning outcomes
    • Medical curriculum
    • Medical education
    • Physician patient communication

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