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Can I Get a Suggestion? Improv Training to Teach Empathy in Ob/Gyn Residents

Purpose: To examine improvisation training on Ob/Gyn resident empathy

 

Background: Physician empathy is associated with improved patient outcomes. Empathy training is effective in physicians, and many models exist. However, no studies have examined whether the improvements are sustained over time. Our primary aim is to determine whether an improv workshop is an effective tool to deliver empathy training. Our secondary aim is to determine whether that effect is sustained over time.
 

 

Methods: This is a prospective study of Ob/Gyn residents. Validated empathy surveys were administered 1 week prior to empathy training, immediately after training and 1 month later. Improv games were used in conjunction with empathy training during the intervention. Paired t-tests and McNemar’s were used to compare statistical differences at each post-intervention assessment compared to pre-intervention.

 

Results: 22 residents participated. Empathy scores increased immediately after training (mean=113 vs 120, p=0.03), but were not sustained 1 month later  (mean=113 vs 117, p=0.11).  Residents reported that the workshop positively impacted their delivery of care both immediately (mean=3.5 vs 4.6, p <0.001) and 1 month later (mean=3.5 vs 4.1, p=0.04).

 

Discussions: Using improv comedy to delivery empathy training is associated with improved empathy scores in Ob/Gyn residents, but this improvement gravitates back to baseline over time. Residents report that the improv workshop was effective at improving empathy, even up to one month later.   

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, Simulation, Team-Based Learning, CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, Assessment, Lecture, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, General Ob-Gyn,

General Information


Intended
Audience
Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,
Competencies
Addressed
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,Professionalism,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Educational
Continuum
GME,
Educational
Focus
Assessment,Simulation,Lecture,Team-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus
Maternal-Fetal Medicine,General Ob-Gyn,

Author Information

Fei Cai, MD, Women and Infant\'s Hospital; Merima Ruhotina, MD; Melissa Bowler, BA; Elisabeth Howard, CNM, PhD; Gary Frishman, MD; Kyle Wohlrab, MD

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