The Drama of Communication: A Workshop to Enhance Communication Skills

Professor Johnny Lyon-Maris, Dr Lyndsay Muir, Dr Jo Murphy, Dr Samantha Scallan

Traditionally in training programmes for general practice, communication skills are taught by clinicians, enhanced by the use of direct observation techniques and video recordings of the trainee and patients or simulated patients.  There are many similarities between a doctor’s communication skills and an actor’s performance abilities, and the workshop described here is intended to highlight this for trainees in order to help them explore and develop their interpersonal skills.


Summary of Work
A drama-led approach looks at specific parts of the doctor /patient interaction, analyses the relationship at various points and promotes greater awareness of the exchange by trainees through the use of drama activities and techniques.


Summary of Results
In this poster we describe how the use of a professional drama coach can enhance learning for trainees by focusing on the voice, gesture, the face and physicality.


Coaching on communication skills using drama training is has been well received by trainees, and this paper describes how it may be used more widely.



Publication Year DOI Link
The Clinical Teacher - The Drama of Communication doi:10.1111/tct.12514 Download file


Title Type
RCGP Conference 2016 Poster presentation

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