The Ida Institute has introduced the new Time and Talk Tool, designed to help clinicians to integrate process skills and practical clinical skills in a patient-centered audiological consultation within the given time of the appointment.
Time is a crucial factor in today’s busy clinical settings. Practitioners are often challenged to gather information and complete required clinical tasks while also attempting to build a relationship with patients. Ida’s new online tool is a method for teaching both practicing hearing care professionals and students skills that can be applied in clinical practice. The tool’s experiential learning approach uses scenarios and role-plays of mock consultation sessions that allow role-players as well as observers to share in the insights gained.
The newest addition to the non-profit institute’s Ida Tool Room is available for free on the Ida website. It contains a flexible and easy-to-implement workshop program for practicing clinicians and students. Short video clips from a workshop conducted at the University of Bristol provide an easy-to-follow guide through the tool’s various activities and role-play exercises.
The Time and Talk Tool was developed in collaboration with Ida Fellows Lesley Jones, PhD, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Social Science at Hull York Medical School, UK; Amr El Rafaie, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Audiology, La Trobe University, Australia; and Joy Rosenberg, Course Leader and Lecturer for Mary Hare Training Services, UK.
“Often audiologists worry about the time that they have available to them and the number of tasks that they have to complete, such as screening, testing, and mold fitting,” explains Jones. “We have worked to develop this new tool specifically for audiology to provide a framework for looking at how communication skills are carried out.”
SOURCE: The Ida Institute