Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Conversations In Care - Chapter 1: The Importance of Physician:Patient Communications

Conversations In Care - Chapter 1: The Importance of Physician:Patient Communications: "What is Communication?
Although it is often taken for granted, communication is a complex concept with many meanings. It is the act of imparting or transmitting information, both verbally and nonverbally. It is also the exchange of feelings, thoughts, and attitudes. It is interpersonal rapport, as well as the art and technique of using words effectively to impart ideas.1
To understand the true value of communication is to know that how you say something can be as important as what you say.

The Crucial Role of Physician:Patient Communication
In the ever-changing landscape of healthcare, the ability to communicate effectively can be of tremendous value to patients, as well as being important to the personal and professional satisfaction associated with patient care.
Throughout a physician�s medical education, residency, and practice, the emphasis is mostly on achieving excellence in the technical aspects of medicine � providing an accurate diagnosis, conducting the most appropriate treatment, and keeping up to date with the latest clinical information.
Communication skills are rarely taught during medical training, but they can make a huge difference in patient satisfaction and other patient outcomes such as compliance with treatment, participation in important treatment decisions, and even psychological adjustment.

Communication Skills as a Vehicle for Treating the
Whole Person
The basis for our relationships with our patients is in their ability to trust us, to be vulnerable enough to put their well-being, and even their lives, in our hands. Good communication skills are an important mechanism for gaining our patients� trust.
Taking an interest in patients' concerns, allowing patients to express t"

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