Nonverbal communication in a Caribbean medical school: "Touch is a touchy issue"

Stella Williams, Michelle Harricharan, Bidyadhar Sa

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The heath communication curriculum at the Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies was developed out of practices advocated in large Western countries. Many students and tutors observed that the nonverbal skills advocated in these approaches did not fit the complex cultural dynamics of the Caribbean.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine : An International Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Caribbean Region
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Schools, Medical
  • Students, Medical
  • Teaching
  • Touch
  • West Indies


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