Core curriculum group


To outline the content of a core communication curriculum (What to Teach) suitable for all professional groups undergoing undergraduate training in health related subjects.

The subgroup has devised, developed, translated and published the following paper: ‘A European consensus on learning objectives for a core communication curriculum in health care professions’

The Health Professions Core Communication Curriculum (HPCCC) is an international consensus statement based on previous national statements, existing literature, and a Delphi consensus process based on feedback from 121 communication experts from 15 professional fields and 16 European countries. The statement aims to guide communication teachers in all health care disciplines helping them to develop, refine and evaluate what should be taught as part of their own communication curriculum.

Future work of this group will focus on:

  • Further translations of the HPCCC into other languages for use in non-English speaking countries
  • Dissemination of the HPCC throughout Europe
  • Research on using the HPCC in different institutions, countries and with different professional groups

Members of EACH can also find the link to the HPCCC on the webpage Curriculum models. The HPCCC can serve as a guide to communication teachers in all health care disciplines in developing, refining and evaluating curriculum.

Subgroup members

  • Cadja Bachmann, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Medical Education, University of Bern, Switzerland, (subgroup leader)
  • Rosario Dago Elorza, Primary Care Paediatrician, Madrid, Spain
  • Elizabete Loureiro, Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Sandra Winterburn, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • Anna Ratajska, Institute of Psychology, Kazimierz Wielki University Bydgoszcz, Poland

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