The Feasibility of Virtual VitalTalk Workshops in Japanese: Can Faculty Members in the US Effectively Teach Communication Skills Virtually to Learners in Japan?

Kaori Ito, Takeshi Uemura, Misuzu Yuasa, Eriko Onishi, Youkie Shiozawa, Hirono Ishikawa, Kei Ouchi, Shunichi Nakagawa

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Abstract

Background: VitalTalk is an established training program for serious illness conversations in the US. Previously, this training course has been provided in-person in Japanese, but never virtually. Objectives: To evaluate the feasibility of a virtually administered VitalTalk workshop in Japanese. Setting/Subjects: We conducted a virtual workshop which consisted of 2 days (3 hours per day) of synchronous sessions and preceding asynchronous modules. Five VitalTalk faculty members in the US facilitated 4 workshops for 48 physicians from 33 institutions across Japan. Learners completed surveys before and after the workshop. Measurements: To evaluate the feasibility, learners were asked for their satisfaction with the workshop and the virtual format as primary outcomes and their self-assessed preparedness in serious illness communication as the secondary outcome. Each question employed a 5-point Likert scale. Results: All learners (n = 48, male 79%) participated in the survey. The mean score of the learners’ satisfaction was 4.69 or higher in all questions. The mean score of the virtual format’s satisfaction was 4.33 or higher in all questions. The mean score of self-reported preparedness on the 11 questions were between 2.30 and 3.34 before the workshop, all of which significantly increased to 3.08 through 3.96 after the workshop (p < 0.01 in all questions). Conclusion: Learners in Japan perceived the virtual format of our VitalTalk workshop as satisfactory, and their self-reported preparedness improved significantly after the workshop. VitalTalk faculty members in the US were able to provide virtual communication training to physicians in Japan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • communication skills training
  • goals-of-care discussion
  • remote conference
  • self-reported preparedness
  • serious illness communication
  • virtual format

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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