An approach to the education about, and assessment of, attitudes in undergraduate medical education

  • M. E. KellyEmail author
  • N. P. Fenlon
  • A. W. Murphy
Original Paper



Attitudes have been shown to be important determinants of the quality and efficacy of medical care. There is little research on the education about, and assessment of, attitudes in undergraduate medical education.


To describe the design and delivery of an attitude awareness workshop, and the associated objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) station used as the assessment tool.


Development, delivery, assessment and evaluation of an attitude awareness workshop were performed.


Data are presented from 144 students. In 1999, the overall mean OSCE score was 62.44% (SD 7.6, n=73). The mean score for the attitude station was 57.97% (SD 12.9). In 2000, these figures were 67.11% (SD 8.3, n=71) and 73.75% (SD 10.8) respectively. In 1998/99, the average mark out of 10 for the educational quality of the attitude workshop was 6.6 and in 1999/00 this rose to 7.8.


Development of both an educational and assessment programme concerning attitudes appears feasible.


Medical Student Communication Skill Irish Journal Objective Structure Clinical Examination Undergraduate Medical Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AIDS WestNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland
  2. 2.Department of General PracticeNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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