Warnecke, E, The art of communication, Australian Family Physician, 43, (3) pp. 156-158. ISSN 0300-8495 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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Background: Effective communication is an essential skill in general practice consultations. The art of communication is the development of effective skills and finding a style of communication that suits the clinician and produces benefits for both patient and doctor.
Objective: This paper outlines the essential skills required for effective communication with a patient and suggests that clinicians consider this communication as an art that can be developed throughout a medical career.
Discussion: Good communication can improve outcomes for patients and doctors, and deserves equal importance as developing clinical knowledge and procedural skill. The importance of good communication is so critical that Australian guidelines list effective communication as part of the required conduct for all doctors. A therapeutic patient–doctor relationship uses the clinician as a therapeutic intervention and is part of the art of communication. Despite all the technological advances of recent decades, caring, compassionate, healing doctors remain the best therapeutic tool in medicine. The ability of a doctor to provide comfort through their presence and their words is a fundamental component of good medical care.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||communication, doctor–patient relations|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Primary health care|
|Objective Group:||Clinical health|
|Objective Field:||Clinical health not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Warnecke, E (Dr Emma Warnecke)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||7|
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