Published Research


The following articles evaluated DocCom as a communication learning system.

  1. Efficacy of an Internet-Based Learning Module and Small-Group Debriefing on Trainees’ Attitudes and Communication Skills Toward Patients With Substance Use Disorders: Results of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
    Publication: Academic Medicine
    Summary: “This study examines whether an Internet-based learning module and small-group debriefing can improve medical trainees’ attitudes and communication skills toward patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). This intervention produced improved attitudes and communication skills toward patients with SUDs among residents. Enhanced attitudes and skills may result in improved care for these patients.
    Lanken, P., Novack, D., Daetwyler, C., Gallop, R., Landis, J., Lapin, J., . . . Schindler, B. (n.d.). Efficacy of an Internet-Based Learning Module and Small-Group Debriefing on Trainees’ Attitudes and Communication Skills Toward Patients With Substance Use Disorders: Results of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Academic Medicine, 90(3), 345-54. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000000506
     
  2. eLearning to enhance physician patient communication: A pilot test of “doc.com” and “WebEncounter” in teaching bad news delivery
    Publication: Medical Teacher
    Summary: 
    “Physician-patient communication skills help determine the nature and quality of diagnostic information elicited from patients, the quality of the physician's counseling, and the patient's adherence to treatment. In spite of their importance, surveys have demonstrated a wide variability and deficiencies in the teaching of these skills. This study describes two specific methodologies for teaching physician-patient communication skills developed at our institution and pilot test them for effectiveness. Results showed significant improvement in skills as components were added, and the training program was well received.”
    Daetwyler, C., Cohen, D., Gracely, E., & Novack, D. (n.d.). ELearning to enhance physician patient communication: A pilot test of “doc.com” and “WebEncounter” in teaching bad news delivery. Med Teach Medical Teacher, 32(9), E381-E390. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2010.495759
     
  3. Assessment of an innovative instructional program to return non-practicing physicians to the workforce
    Publication: Medical Teacher
    Summary: 
    “Few formal educational programs are available in the United States to assist physicians wishing to return to medical practice after clinical inactivity. Little published data on physicians who complete these programs exist. The Drexel Medicine Physician Reentry/Refresher course provides a unique model for successfully returning inactive physicians to clinical practice.”
    Varjavand, N., Greco, M., Novack, D., & Schindler, B. (2012). Assessment of an innovative instructional program to return non-practicing physicians to the workforce. Med Teach Medical Teacher, 34, 285-291.
     
  4. Investigation of Students’ Attitudes about Patients with Substance Use Disorders before and after Completing an Online Curricular Module
    Publication: Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education
    Summary:
    “The purpose of this report is to describe the pilot implementation of a curriculum module designed to influence medical student beliefs and attitudes toward patients with substance use disorders. The results of this study indicate that the one-hour, online Doc.com module can effectively influence medical student beliefs and attitudes toward patients with substance use disorders.
    Barone, E., Huggett, K., & Lofgreen, A. (2011). Investigation of Students’ Attitudes about Patients with Substance Use Disorders before and after Completing an Online Curricular Module. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education, 17(1).
     
  5. Improving residents' code status discussion skills: a randomized trial
    Publication: Journal of Palliative Medicine
    Summary: “Inpatient Code Status Discussions (CSDs) are commonly facilitated by resident physicians, despite inadequate training. We studied the efficacy of a CSD communication skills training intervention for internal medicine residents. A focused, multimodality curriculum can improve resident performance of simulated CSDs. Skill improvement lasted for at least 2 months after the intervention. Further studies are needed to assess skill retention and to set minimum performance standards.
    Szmuilowicz, E., Neely, K., Sharma, R., Cohen, E., Mcgaghie, W., & Wayne, D. (n.d.). Improving Residents' Code Status Discussion Skills: A Randomized Trial. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(7), 768-774.
     
  6. DocCom.Deutsch: 12 online modules to support training in medical communication skill
    Publication: German Medical Science
    Summary: DocCom.Deutsch offers an efficient training in medical communication skills in German-speaking countries. The integration experiences from the US suggests embedding the modules in a multi-modal learning environment.”
    Langewitz, W., Daetwyler, C., Karger, A., & Fischer, M. (2014). DocCom.Deutsch: 12 online modules to support training in medical communication skill. German Medical Science.
     
  7. Implementation and evaluation of a web-based communication skills learning tool for training internal medicine interns in patient-doctor communication
    Publication: Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media and Engagement in Global Health
    Summary: "This study sought to assess four modules' effectiveness at improving internal medicine interns' communication skills knowledge. Knowledge improved significantly with module completion. Most felt that the modules were clearly presented and met stated learning objectives, 67 percent felt that completing the modules would improve their out-patient communication skills, and 62 per cent their inpatient skills."

    Spagnoletti, C. L., Bui, T., Fischer, G. S., Gonzaga, A. M., Rubio, D. M., & Arnold, R. M. (2009). Implementation and evaluation of a web-based communication skills learning tool for training internal medicine interns in patient-doctor communication. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 2(2), 159-172. 
     
  8. Evaluation of a web-based curriculum resource “DocCom” by pharmacy students’ self-assessment
    Publication: Pharmacy Education 
    Summary:
    The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of DocCom, which can be applied to practical training for pharmacy students. The present study shows that pharmacy students self-assessed this class as being an effective tool for obtaining knowledge about learning approaches for communication.

    Kurono, S., Hanya, M., Kamei, H., & Hasegawa, Y. (2015). Evaluation of a web-based curriculum resource “DocCom” by pharmacy students’ self-assessment. Pharmacy Education, 15.