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A cross sectional analysis on the attitudes towards learning communication skills among allied medical health students of Cebu Doctors' University.


Miguel Antonnio  C. Climaco,
Caryl Ann B. Marinduque,
Eliza S. Quezada,
Jackleen Nadja C. Sandique,
Brent Jerome C. Soon,
Maria Fe F. Abejar

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College of Rehabilitative Sciences - Speech-Language Pathology - Cebu Doctors' University

Publication Information

Publication Type
Thesis Degree
Speech-Language Pathology
Publication Date
September 2019


   This study aimed to determine the attitudes towards learning communication skills of the selected allied medical health students of Cebu Doctors' University (CDU) across demographic factors, including sex, academic program, year level and citizenship. A descriptive cross-sectional survey design was used and data were collected from a sample size of three hundred sixty-six (366) allied medical health students. The tool that was used for this research was the Communication Skills and Attitude Scale (CSAS), a 26-item questionnaire created by Rees, Sheard and Davis (2002).

   Based on the results, the majority of the respondents have a positive attitude towards learning communication skills (95.1%). Majority of the respondents were female (61.2%), and Filipinos (95.4%). A large proportion of respondents were from the College of Nursing with a total of seventy-three (73) students (19.9%), and were first years (47.8%). Overall, the majority of the respondents had positive attitudes towards learning communication skills (95.1%). Females (96.0%) had a higher frequency tally compared to males (93.7%) when it comes to positive attitudes towards learning communication skills. However, analysis showed that there was no significant difference between the male and female population (p=.317). Although the majority of the respondents from all academic programs had positive attitudes towards learning communication skills, it was noted that all Respiratory Therapy and Optometry respondents had positive attitudes towards learning communication skills. Meanwhile, the highest proportion of respondents with negative attitudes towards learning communication skills was observed from the Department of Occupational Therapy (10.5%) and Department of Psychology (12.5%). As to the year level, it was found that all second year respondents had a positive attitude towards learning communication skills (100%). Furthermore, the results showed that a higher proportion of Filipino respondents (95.4%) had a positive attitude towards learning communication skills compared to the Non-Filipino respondents (88.2%).

   In conclusion, the attitudes towards learning communication skills of the respondents did not differ across sex. Furthermore, positive attitudes towards learning communication skills was observed across year levels, academic programs and citizenship. Based on the findings, the community would benefit from an effective communication skills training program. In the interest of future studies, the researchers would like to recommend to further investigate the factors that may cause a positive or negative attitude towards learning communication skills.


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