Andrea Rotenberg

Patient-centred Communication: Based on Motivational Interviewing

On-site in Tartu 28 July - 11 August 2024

Communication is an important component in all areas of life, especially where you have to work with people such as medicine, psychology, social work, etc. Communication is also an important component in collegial relationships, including skills that help reduce tensions and conflicts.

Patient-centred communication is an approach to healthcare communication that prioritises the needs and preferences of the patient. It involves actively engaging patients in their healthcare by fostering a collaborative and respectful relationship between healthcare providers and patients. This approach recognises the importance of the patient's perspective, values, and autonomy in the decision-making process. Adopting patient-centred communication practices has been associated with improved patient satisfaction, adherence to treatment plans, and health outcomes. It helps build trust between patients and healthcare providers, fostering a positive and supportive healthcare environment.

The objective of the course is to enable learners to acquire evidence-based basic knowledge of person/patient-centred communication and counselling and create conditions for their application in standard situations and get an idea of ​​how to develop their communication skills further.

Focus area: Medicine Coordinating unit at UT

Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

Study Field: Patient-centred communication Course Leader

Inga Karton, PhD

Format Summer Course Location Tartu, Estonia
Course dates: 28 July - 11 August 2024 Apply by: 30 April 2024
ECTS: 3 Fee: 800 EUR
Study group bachelor's, master's, PhD Language English


  • Inga Karton, PhD (Psychology), Lecturer in Communication Psychology in the University of Tartu, Psychologist, MI Trainer
  • Tatjana Meister, Family Physician, PhD Student of the University of Tartu, MI Trainer
  • Marta Velgan, Family Physician, PhD Student of the University of Tartu, MI Trainer
  • Laura Kaljurand, Resident of Family Medicine, MI Trainer

Application period: 15 January - 30 April 2024


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NB! Please note that every applicant must pay the application fee of 25 EUR. In the application form you must upload proof of payment. Please complete the payment on the application fee payment page. 

Two weeks prior to the start of the programme an information file will be sent to all participants. This file contains the daily schedule and relevant contact information of the programme managers.

Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. It is recommended to visit the Tartu Welcome Centre website and arrival and housing section to find accommodation opportunities.

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