Does reflection writing effects the knowledge, attitude and skills of house officers?

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Ahmad Liaquat



There is an emerging trend of reflective writing in medical education that fosters the growth of an individual cognitively, emotionally and morally. In literature there is no evidence that reflection enhanced the competence or skills of medical and dental students. The purpose of this study was to bridge this research gap and to evaluate either reflection writing changes the knowledge, attitude and skills of the doctors or not.

Material and methods

This study was conducted in University college of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Lahore in June, 2018. Twenty house officers were included in this study. A questionnaire was filled by them as a pretest. They were asked to write reflection by Gibbs cycle in a word file and send daily in WhatsApp group. Feedback was given to them.  After 10 days of daily reflection writing they were asked to fill the same questionnaire as posttest and results were compared.

There was a significant difference (p < 0.05) for each question.  Deepening the learning and understanding, reducing the errors, using the time effectively, purposeful communication with colleagues, refining the surgical skills and enhancement of the problem solving ability were the benefits of reflection.

Reflection writing is a powerful tool for metacognition. Critical reflection of the tasks enhances the knowledge of the doctors as they reflect their lacking. It changes their attitude towards learning and patient care and enhances their clinical skills.

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Liaquat, A. (2019). Does reflection writing effects the knowledge, attitude and skills of house officers?. Health Professions Educator Journal, 1(1), 45 - 48.