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The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences

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Psychological Knowledge And Skills in Clinical Practice Among Selected Medical Professions


The biopsychosocial and neoethical aspects of activity in health and sickness, and changing nature of illnesses’ treatments might pose problems in the correct preparation of medical staff into clinical practice. Clinicians recognize the need to expand their professional knowledge and practice of the new achievements of the social sciences. The purpose of the study was: 1) to analyze the level of psychological knowledge among selected medical professions, such as doctors, nurses and midwives, 2) define the role this knowledge is playing in clinical practice and 3) analyze differences between psychological knowledge used in clinical practice and teaching content during studies. The study was conducted among three groups of medical professionals: doctors (N = 419), nurses (N = 434) and midwives (N = 51). The authors questionnaire was used. The level of psychological knowledge is related to its utility in practice. Study has shown that respondents have problems with medical personnel–patient relationship. The issues concerning relations with patient’s family were nearly ignored. Respondents indicate the need for training in terms of work’s functioning: coping with stress, improving interpersonal skills and assertiveness as well as dealing with burnout. A strong need to participate in post-graduate trainings has been shown in all analyzed medical groups. The curricula of medical schools have to include in a wider range psychological topics related to fulfilling professional duties, such as developing interpersonal and communication skills, shaping correct relationship between patients and doctors, dealing with stress at work and burnout.

Keywords: Medical staffmedical personnel–patient relationshippsychological knowledge

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Published online: 20.11.2014
Pages: 428-438
Publisher: Future Academy
In: Volume 11, Issue 4
DOI: 10.15405/ejsbs.143
Online ISSN: 2301-2218
Article Type: Original Research
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