Core curriculum group

Purpose of this working 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 translation 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 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, Department of Primary Medical Care, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
c [dot] bachmann [at] uke [dot] uni-hamburg [dot] de (main contact)
Afonso Miguel Cavaco, Department of Social Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, Portugal
acavaco [at] ff [dot] ul [dot] pt
Carmen Barbu, Department of Endocrinology, Elias Hospital, Carol Davila University Bucharest, Romania
carmen_gabriela_barbu [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk
Rosario Dago Elorza, Primary Care Paediatrician, Madrid, Spain
charo_dago [at] telefonica [dot] net
Elizabete Loureiro, Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal
emfl [at] med [dot] up [dot] pt
Henry Abramovitch, Department of Medical Education, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
abramh [at] post [dot] tau [dot] ac [dot] il
Sandra Winterburn, School of Nursing Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
s [dot] winterburn [at] uea [dot] ac [dot] uk
Anna Ratajska, Institute of Psychology, Kazimierz Wielki University Bydgoszcz, Poland
aniarat [at] wp [dot] pl
Rainer Haak, Department of Cariology, Endodontics and Periodontology, University of Leipzig, Germany
rainer [dot] haak [at] medizin [dot] uni-leipzig [dot] de



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