Sample Resume : Dentist Patient Communication

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Dentist–Patient Communication Good communication skills help dental care experts establish a good dentist–patient relationship (Mills et al., 2013). As such, many dental care programs – undergraduate and postgraduate – have made developing good communication skills mandatory through education and training (Hannah and Millichamp, 2004). The rise in demand for dentists who adopt a patient-centered approach, in addition to consumerism in the dental care profession, has culminated in the development of a dentist-patient relationship, derived from both medical practitioners and researchers’ viewpoints (Carey, Madill and Manogue, 2010). This paper describes two communication skills that a dentist can use to care for his patients. The scenario is an encounter with a young girl whose ailment has not been diagnosed. Case: Emma is a 7 year old girl with a lot of pain in her mouth. Her mother had brought her to the dentist earlier but had missed him since he was on sick leave. As a consequence, Emma has been in pain for an extended period of time, which has elevated her worries about the type of medication that will be administered to her. Communication skill 1 Developing Listening Skills In order to provide adequate care, dentists must allow their patients to speak freely. The before-mentioned can be achieved through active listening. Active listening is realized when interviews are conducted in a manner that is non-threatening and empathetic (Freeman, 1999). In this case, the

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