Communication training improves patient-centered provider behavior and screening for soldiers’ mental health concerns Article

Douglas, SR, Vides de Andrade, AR, Boyd, S et al. (2016). Communication training improves patient-centered provider behavior and screening for soldiers’ mental health concerns . 99(7), 1203-1212. 10.1016/j.pec.2016.01.018

cited authors

  • Douglas, SR; Vides de Andrade, AR; Boyd, S; Leslie, M; Webb, L; Davis, L; Fraine, M; Frazer, NL; Hargraves, R; Bickman, L

fiu authors

abstract

  • Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of patient-centered communication training for military providers who conduct post-deployment health screening. The half-day interactive workshop included simulated Soldier patients using video technology. Methods Using a quasi-experimental design, all health care providers at four military treatment facilities were recruited for data collection during a four- to nine-day site visit (23 trained providers, 28 providers in the control group, and one provider declined to participate). All Soldiers were eligible to participate and were blinded to provider training status. Immediately after screening encounters, providers reported on their identification of mental health concerns and Soldiers reported on provider communication behaviors resulting in 1,400 matched pairs. Electronic health records were also available for 26,005 Soldiers. Results The workshop was found to increase (1) providers’ patient-centered communication behaviors as evaluated by Soldiers; (2) provider identification of Soldier mental health concerns; and (3), related health outcomes including provision of education and referral to a confidential counseling resource. Conclusion Results are promising, but with small effect sizes and study limitations, further research is warranted. Practice implications A brief intensive workshop on patient-centered communication tailored to the military screening context is feasible and may improve key outcomes.

publication date

  • July 1, 2016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 1203

end page

  • 1212

volume

  • 99

issue

  • 7