Document Type : Original Article



Background: Tobacco addiction is an important public health issue. It is important
for health professional to counsel the tobacco users for cessation. Aim: To enhance
communication skills of MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) students
in counseling of tobacco users by using interactive teaching methods and examine it
by using OSCE. Materials and Methods: It was a before and after comparison study.
Communication skills of students were examined by standardized patients (investigators)
by objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) method before and after intervention.
All the students were trained to enhance the communication skills by role play, interactive
session, anecdotes. Statistical analysis was done by using Paired t‑test. Results: The
difference in scores at all the 3 stations before and after the intervention and also global
scores before and after the intervention was statistically highly significant (P = 0.0001).
Conclusion and Recommendation: Communication skills of students in counseling
tobacco users improved after they were given role play, interactive session, anecdotes.
Similar model can be used to improve the communication/counseling skills in other
important health hazards.


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