Development of an Online Role-play-based Medical Interview Training Method for Fourth-year Pharmacy Students

Ayako Mori, Izumi Kato, Hitoshi Kashiwagi, Shungo Imai, Katsuya Narumi, Yuki Sato, Ayako Furugen, Yuma Yamada, Masaki Kobayashi

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With the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, businesses are rapidly expanding their online practices, and the online medical care system has been established and is growing. The field of pharmacy education is also looking for ways to conduct practical online training. Hence, we developed an online role-play-based medical interview training method for fourth-year pharmacy students. The purpose of this study was to describe in detail this method and to clarify the effect of online on medical interviewing practice. The training sessions were conducted using video teleconferencing software. Two settings were used for the role-play scenarios: the pharmacy and hospital. To evaluate the eŠectiveness of the sessions, a questionnaire was sent to the students, and the results were analyzed using text mining. The most important requirement for successfully conducting the interviews was a stable voice connection, and we reduced audio interruptions and delays by connecting the host personal computer to a wired local area network.We also solved the problem of howling when multiple terminals were installed in the same room by muting all devices in the room. Results of the analysis of the questionnaires suggested that students were more tense online.We also found that students perceived a diŠerence between online and face-to-face interviews in terms of eye contact and the presentation of documents. In this way, we succeeded in conducting smooth online role-playing sessions while taking countermeasures against infection. In the future, it will be necessary to devise nonverbal communication methods and digital methods of presenting the training material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-674
Number of pages14
JournalYakugaku Zasshi
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • medical interview
  • online training
  • pharmaceutical education
  • text mining
  • videoconferencing software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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