Inpatient Hospital Stays: Communication between Physicians and Patients Source Review

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Effective communication between the physician and patient must include communicating in a clear simple manner, communicating with family members, communicating the plan of care, communicating results of tests and procedures performed and communicating findings, good or bad, in a manner appropriate for the situation. Sources: Arthur D. Fisk, et al. "What factors lead to healthcare miscommunications with older patients?" Journal of Communication in Healthcare 2.2 (2009): 103-118. Health Business Elite. EBSCO. Web. 16 Mar. 2011. This article discusses the overall impact of effective communication on the health of the elderly population. It brings out the fact that various factors influence a patients understanding and should set…show more content…
In order to build and maintain a trusting relationship with a patient, physicians must share both good and bad news. It is important for patients and their families to know what they are dealing with. This will also help with those living in denial of what is truly going on with the patient. Chen, Pauline W. "A Tool to Strengthen the Doctor-Patient Relationship." Hastings Center Report. 15-17. Hastings Center, 2009. Health Business Elite. EBSCO. Web. 23 Mar. 2011. This article talks about comparative effectiveness research, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in Congress this year (15). The article talks about how important it is for patients to be a part of their care plan. The article shares examples of doctors who have told patients of procedures or medications that could potentially extend their life but not explain the quality of that life. A physician’s decision may not be favorable and leaves him or her not knowing when to do something as opposed to doing nothing. Patients in the hospital can receive life threatening news but do not want to hear there are no other options. The physician may want to try something that will give a patient a few more days although there is only a 5% chance of extending life and a 40% chance of causing more harm, they chose to perform the procedure. This article is relevant because it talks about a new government
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