The BELIEF Instrument: A preclinical teaching tool to elicit patients' health beliefs

Alison E. Dobbie, Martha Medrano, James Tysinger, Cynthia Olney

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Abstract

Purpose: The BELIEF Instrument is a cultural interviewing tool for preclinical medical students that does not require diagnostic or therapeutic skills. Methods: An expert panel developed and taught the instrument to 200 first-year medical students in (1) a didactic session, (2) standardized patient interviews, and (3) clinical correlation sessions with community physicians and third-year medical students. Standardized patients evaluated students on the BELIEF questions in a graded interview. Results: A total of 93.5% (range 86% to 97%) of 197 students elicited information on each of the BELIEF items. Conclusions: The BELIEF instrument works as a cultural interviewing tool. It is unknown if students' interviewing behavior generalizes to real patients in clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-319
Number of pages4
JournalFamily medicine
Volume35
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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