Effective communication in the health workplace is essential to the delivery of safe, effective patient care. Human communication is complex and involves the exchange of ideas, information and feelings. Thus, effective communication is about sending messages that are as clear and simple as possible, as well as receiving information that others are sending to you, with as little misinterpretation as possible. Doing this involves effort from both the sender of the message and the receiver, particularly when one or both communicators are from different cultural and/or first language backgrounds. Itï¿½s a process that can be fraught with error, with messages muddled by the sender or misinterpreted by the recipient. When this isnï¿½t understood, and addressed, it can cause confusion, frustration, wasted effort and missed opportunity for both people.
In health care there are many different situations which will require the application of particular communication strategies. However, basic principles that are relevant to communicating effectively in any situation include:
Communication skills are a vital key to personal and professional success. All new skills take time to refine, however, with effort and practice you can develop good, even exceptional, communication skills.
Use this video as a trigger for group discussion and/or personal reflection on the process of communicating with patients (and other people in the health workplace).
As you watch the video, some key points to think about are:
For clinical staff
Use this video as a trigger for discussion with your colleagues and/or personal reflection on the process of helping students develop their skills for communicating with patients and others in the health workplace.
Key points to reflect on include: