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A critical review of the literature was carried out in the United Kingdom to identify the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of men with prostate cancer and their partners. Relevant papers published between 1990 and 2000 were reviewed and despite having several methodologic limitations, a number of conclusions can still be drawn from this(More)
INTRODUCTION There is little research identifying medical students' attitudes towards communication skills learning. This pilot study outlines the development of a new scale to measure attitudes towards communication skills learning. METHODS First- and second-year medical students (n = 490) completed the 26-item Communication Skills Attitude Scale (CSAS)(More)
INTRODUCTION Some educators have argued that portfolios should not be assessed summatively because there is little evidence supporting the reliability of their assessment. This study aims to determine the reliability of assessment criteria used for a portfolio at the University of Nottingham. METHODS Two independent analysts assessed a random sample of(More)
A comprehensive and critical literature review was conducted to examine the information needs and source preferences of women with breast cancer and their family members. Relevant papers published between 1988 and 1998 were reviewed and despite their having several methodological weaknesses, a number of conclusions can still be drawn. First, women with(More)
The quality of Internet information needs to be evaluated and several tools exist for this purpose. However, none have demonstrated reliability and validity. This study tested the internal consistency and validity of the information quality tool (IQT), quality scale (QS) and DISCERN using 89 web sites discussing smoking cessation. The inter-rater(More)
The construct of emotional intelligence (EI) has gained increasing popularity over the last 10 years and now has a relatively large academic and popular associated literature. EI is beginning to be discussed within the medical education literature, where, however, it is treated uncritically. This reflections paper aims to stimulate thought about EI and(More)
CONTEXT Research has found that clinical assessments do not always accurately reflect medical student performance. Barriers to failing underperformance in students have been identified in other vocational settings. Is 'failure to fail' an issue for medical educators in the UK, and, if so, what are its determinants? METHODS We carried out a qualitative(More)
INTRODUCTION The General Medical Council (GMC) has stressed the importance of medical students' attitudes towards learning. However, few studies have explored medical students' attitudes towards communication skills learning. This study explores the relationship between the attitudes of medical students at two different schools and their demographic and(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To explore the information-seeking behaviors of women with breast cancer. DESIGN Sequential, between-methods triangulation. SETTING Community-based. SAMPLE 156 women with breast cancer took part in a mailed survey, and 30 women with breast cancer participated in three focus group discussions (n = 11, 12, and 7). METHODS Women with(More)
INTRODUCTION To date, no studies have examined preclinical medical students' views about portfolios. Since portfolios are becoming increasingly valued in medical education, this study explores second-year medical students' views about a reflective portfolio assessment of their communication skills. METHODS 178 second-year medical students at the(More)