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dc.contributor.authorTischler, Victoria A.
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-24T15:13:57Z
dc.date.available2017-08-24T15:13:57Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationWhitehead, K., Langley-Evans, S., Tischler, V. A. & Swift, J. (2014). Assessing communication skills in dietetic consultations: The development of the reliable and valid DIET-COMMS tool. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 27 (Suppl 2), pp.321-332.
dc.identifier.other10.1111/jhn.12136
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12904/5254
dc.description.abstractBackground: There is an increasing emphasis on the development of communication skills for dietitians but few evidence-based assessment tools available. The present study aimed to develop a dietetic-specific, short, reliable and valid assessment tool for measuring communication skills in patient consultations: DIET-COMMS. Methods: A literature review and feedback from 15 qualified dietitians were used to establish face and content validity during the development of DIET-COMMS. In total, 113 dietetic students and qualified dietitians were video-recorded undertaking mock consultations, assessed using DIET-COMMS by the lead author, and used to establish intra-rater reliability, as well as construct and predictive validity. Twenty recorded consultations were reassessed by nine qualified dietitians to assess inter-rater reliability: eight of these assessors were interviewed to determine user evaluation. Results: Significant improvements in DIET-COMMS scores were achieved as students and qualified staff progressed through their training and gained experience, demonstrating construct validity, and also by qualified staff attending a training course, indicating predictive validity (P < 0.05). An acceptable level of intra-rater reliability (rs = 0.90) and a moderate level of inter-rater reliability (r = 0.49) were demonstrated. Interviews identified many positive features and possible uses for DIET-COMMS in both pre- and post-registration settings. The need for assessor training was emphasised and how readily qualified dietitians would accept assessment of skills in practice was questioned. Discussion DIET-COMMS is a short, user-friendly, reliable and valid tool for measuring communication skills in patient consultations with both pre- and post-registration dietitians. Additional work is required to develop a training package for assessors and to identify how DIET-COMMS assessment can acceptably be incorporated into practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
dc.description.urihttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jhn.12136/abstract
dc.subjectDietetics
dc.subjectPsychometrics
dc.subjectReferral and consultation
dc.titleAssessing communication skills in dietetic consultations: The development of the reliable and valid DIET-COMMS tool
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