The Principles Of Effective Communication

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Nurse-Patient Communication, Interdisciplinary Communication, and Patient Safety Open, honest, and effective patient-clinician communication is key to better health outcomes for the patient (Paget et al., 2011). Effective interdisciplinary communication is also imperative in reducing medical errors, as these errors often result from communication failures among caregivers (Dingley, Daugherty, Derieg, & Persing, n.d.). Studies indicate improved patient safety, as well as better patient satisfaction with effective communication (Dingley et al., n.d.). Rather than restricting a patient’s autonomy, clinicians should encourage patients to take an active role in the decision-making process regarding their care (Paget et al., 2011). The purpose of this paper is to discuss principles of effective communication, methods of interdisciplinary communication, as well as ethical principle applied to communication. Principles of Communication According to Paget et al. (2011), there are seven fundamental principles of effective patient-clinician communication that will improve patient outcomes. Paget’s et al. (2011) principles of communication are as follows: The first concept is ‘mutual respect’, which allows the clinician and patient to communicate openly and honestly as partners in the decision-making process respecting each other’s insight on the matter. The second concept is ‘harmonized goals’ ensuring both the clinician and patient have a full understanding of the
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