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Research Article

Effects of Brief Communication Skills Training Workshop on Improving Workers' Communication Behavior: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Somemura H1*, Sasaki N1, Horikoshi M2, Shinmei I2, Nakamura S1, Yamamoto M1, Kimura R1, Isojima M1, Takano T1and Tanaka K1

1Department of Occupational Mental Health, Graduate school of medical science, occupational mental health, Kitasato University, Japan

2Cognitive behavioral center, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Hironori Somemura
MD, Department of Occupational Mental Health
Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Kitasato University, 1-15-1 Kitasato
Minami-ku, Sagamihara-shi
Kanagawa 252-0329, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3260-1146
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: October 21, 2015 Accepted date: November 16, 2015 Published date: November 21, 2015

Citation:Somemura H, Sasaki N, Horikoshi M, Shinmei I, Nakamura S, et al. (2015) Effects of Brief Communication Skills Training Workshop on Improving Workers' Communication Behavior: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Community Med Health Educ 5:381. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000381

Copyright: ©2015 Somemura H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the efficacy of communication skills training (CST) on improving communication behaviors of employees, we conducted a randomized controlled trial. Methods: We randomly divided 128 white-collar workers to either a CST intervention group (n=64) or a nonintervention control group (n=64). The three-hour CST session was conducted by an occupational physician. A Likert scale was used to assess four aspects of communication behavior: conversing so as not to put pressure on the subject, displaying empathy and support, helping the subject sort out problems, and thinking together to solve problems. Communication behavior scores were compared between the intervention and control groups three months after training. Results: Intention-to-treat analyses using mixed effect models showed a significant interaction between group and time (p=0.045) for all participants for "thinking together to solve problems," with an effect size (Cohen's d) of 0.37. For the other three items, although an improving trend was noted in the intervention group, no statistically significant interactions between group and time were observed. The sub-group analysis results for the four items' lower half baseline value for the items "helping the subject sort out problems" and "thinking together to solve problems" showed a significant interaction between group and time (p < 0.01) with effect sizes of 0.67 and 1.04, respectively. Conclusion: Brief CST for workers may be useful in improving communication behavior between individual employees. Given that CST improves and contributes to developing positive mental health, we hope that further intervention studies will be conducted in the future.

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