Communication Opinion Paper

921 Words Dec 8th, 2012 4 Pages
Communication Opinion Paper
Christine Kendall
HCS/320
November 18, 2012
Tralicia Brown

Communication Opinion Paper
Introduction
Effective communication in health care is crucial for health care professionals, the patients and the establishment providing the care. It can mean the difference between life and death. When there is not enough communication within the health care industry, medical care will not be given effectively due to mistakes that will be made when things are not clear. When lives are at stake, effective communication is a must in the health care industry.
Effective Communication and its Elements
Effective communication involves more than understanding information that is being conveyed. How a person
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Health communication is based on personal goals, skills, culture, situational factors, and being considerate of other people’s feelings (du Pre, 2005). People are influenced greatly by other people and rely on others to help meet their goals.
As du Pre (2005) explains health care providers have many goals such as patient health and showing their knowledge. Patient’s also have many goals when it comes to their health care such as wanting to get better and to be reassured. Whether or not these goals are met is based on effective health communication. Recognizing interdependence and that no one communicates alone has influence on the effectiveness of communication. Being friendly and honest will help others feel comfortable enough to be friendly and honest with you. People who communicate well are sensitive to other people’s feelings and expectations. This includes listening carefully, being aware of other cultures and their personal preferences. Another example of effective communication in health is recognizing shared meaning. “What an action means depends on the people and the circumstances involved” (du Pre, 2005, pg 8). This is usually based on how people respond to each other by smiling, nodding their head, or an angry look. This will let you know how people are responding to your conversation (du Pre, 2005).
How to Communicate Candidly
Effective interpersonal communication between a patient and a health care provider is one of the most

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