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Advances in Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 6267015, 11 pages
Research Article

Confidence in Procedural Skills before and after a Two-Year Master’s Programme in Family Medicine in Gezira State, Sudan

1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Taibah University, Medina, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
3Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Gezira, Medani, Sudan
4National Centre for Emergency Primary Health Care, Uni Research, Bergen, Norway
5Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

Correspondence should be addressed to K. G. Mohamed; moc.liamtoh@alognoddilahk

Received 1 March 2017; Revised 20 July 2017; Accepted 30 October 2017; Published 28 November 2017

Academic Editor: Samuel Y. S. Wong

Copyright © 2017 K. G. Mohamed et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Many postgraduate family medicine training programmes have been developed to meet the worldwide dire need for practicing family physicians. This study was conducted in Gezira state of Sudan in a “before-and-after” design in the period of 2010–2012 with the aim to assess improvements in candidates’ confidence in performing certain clinical skills. A self-evaluation questionnaire was used with a five-grade scale (1–5) to assess candidates’ confidence in performing 46 clinical skills. A group of 108 participants responded for both the “before” and the “after” questionnaire: the response rate was 91% (before) and 90% (after). In general, a positive progress trend was detected. The mean skill value for all skills was 3.23 (before) and 3.93 (after) with a mean increase of 21.7% (). Male students scored constantly higher than females both before and after completing the master’s programme, while females showed a higher percentage in progress. Scores in certain medical disciplines were higher than others. However, disciplines with low scores in the beginning, such as psychiatry and ophthalmology, showed the highest progress percentage. The results show a significant increase in confidence in performing procedural skills designed in the curriculum of the GFMP master’s programme.