Table 1

Core communication skills

Core communication skillsTeaching activity
DidacticSkills practiceReflective exercise
Clearly provide biomedical information to families without using jargonxxx
Empathically provide bad newsxxxxxx
Explicitly discuss the uncertainty inherent in emergency medicinexxx
Empathically respond to strong emotions including anger, sadness and fearxxxxxxxxx
Effectively lead a family meetingxxxxxx
Assess a patient's values with a familyxxxxxx
Discuss transitioning to comfort carexxxxxx
Discuss ‘do-not-resuscitate’ ordersxxxxxx
Empathically attend to family's emotional and existential needsxxxxxx