Background: In the health care profession, patient engagement and communication are considered essential elements of high-quality care and improved medical outcomes. However, not all physician assistant (PA) students recognize that high levels of emotional intelligence (EI) play a key role in patient connectivity and clinical outcomes. Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate whether the PA student is equipped with sufficient emotional intelligence skills necessary to engage in relationships and effectively communicate with intergenerational patients. Methods: The PA students were given access to an online EI survey called the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), version 2, a 141-item measure of the ability to perceive, use, understand and manage emotions as it relates to social skills such as communication, social awareness, empathy, self-regulation, and relationship management. An additional questionnaire to gather demographic data was linked to the MSCEIT.Results: Two hundred thirty-five first year (235) PA students from four northeastern PA program cohorts voluntarily completed the survey, although a total of four hundred and one students (401) were given access to the online EI survey. (58.6% response rate). The results revealed that 80% of the students surveyed were average or below average in their noncognitive skills. Conclusion: These results indicate the necessity to evaluate noncognitive abilities in the physician assistant student to ensure that graduates are equipped with the emotional attributes necessary to formulate empathetic and engaging health care providers who foster positive clinical outcomes
|Advisor:||Vaughan, Pamela, Sharp, George|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational psychology, Educational leadership, Cognitive psychology, Health care management, Social psychology, Public health|
|Keywords:||Emotional intelligence, MSCEIT, Noncognitive attributes, Physician assistant, Social engagement|
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