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Healthcare professionals: 4 non-verbal ways of communication that you should be using with your patients
 

Healthcare professionals: 4 non-verbal ways of communication that you should be using with your patients

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Non-verbal ways of communication can sometimes help bring a message across more effectively; especially when the patient is not receptive to the regular modes of communication.
 
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1 Nov 2016 - General
 
Thanks for the compliment on my previous comment. Yes that is proved. I have experiences in my working life too. Once one of my senior doctors interviewed a patient without practicing the previous tricks and he failed to gain much of detail about the sexual history and the social history. The patient was a male one who has had multiple sexual partners. So when I interviewed him, I built up a good rapport making him to think that I am trustful person. I think that is the most important part of an...
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Nonverbal communication, or the expression of messages through facial expressions, gestures and body language, is essential to successful relationships in the workplace. Examples of this type of communication include eye contact, posture and voice speed. Employees should be aware of how they communicate in these nonverbal ways in the workplace especially to patients to avoid misinterpretation. Let's say for example, a patient may conclude that the nurses or other healthcare professionals doe...
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Good communication with the patient is very importance in maintaining a good doctor-patient relationship, so that patients will put their trust on us with regards to their medical treatment. Non-verbal communication skills are part of the package for a good communication skill. Listening attentively to all the patients’ concern, and responding appropriately and emphatically to their concern is very vital. We always remain silence when listening to patients, and should not interrupt them or rush ...
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Communication in any form with the patient is important and a doctor should always take care of these factors. I agree with the ideas and suggestions mentioned in this post. Definitely, silence, body language, hand gestures, facial expressions, all play an important role in communication. I had a personal experience while treating a patient. My body language, facial expressions were very nice, still the patient was feeling something uncomfortable. As she was one of my old patients, she spoke up ...
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As you know the communication is two types which are verbal communication and non verbal communication. When we interview a patient at your door, I must say that the more information is gathered by non verbal communication than verbally. To maintain a good flow of reliable true information, we have to keep a good eye contact in a way which makes the patient reluctant to lie. We should make sure that there is no barrier in between us and the patient. It is better if we can bend somewhat and that ...
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Patients notice our non-verbal gestures too and we must be aware of that. They can determine if we are genuinely concerned just with our body language. As for body language, nodding has been effective for me during history taking. It signals the patient to go on without fear that the doctor has been drifting with his story. Keeping an eye contact is also important to tell a person that he/she has your undivided attention. Clearing clutter that is in between you and the patient is also an importa...
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Non verbal communication says it all when words cannot express it fully. We must be very careful in dealing with our patients and anyone whom we are talking to most especially when they are meticulous enough with our actions. You can always never go wrong with silence, this may suggest that you are empathizing and really interested to hear about what they feel. Nodding and placing you arms on the side will suggest that you are also attentively listening. Facial expression often are being misinte...
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I think non-verbal communication is more effective than verbal communication as non-verbal techniques that are used in clinical settings have more influence on the patients and listeners and it is helpful for healthcare professionals to be more communicative and easily understood. The silence of health care professionals shows that they are focusing deeply on the words of the patients and listening very carefully. Facial expressions like eye contact, smile, and tough looks have a great impact on...
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Non-verbal communication says a lot about how we see our patients. As I read somewhere, communication actually consists of 90+ percent non-verbal and only 7 percent verbal communication. Also, the way we listen to patients and our body language tells a lot about how attentive we are to our patients. As of my experience being a patient, I tend to trust doctors or other health care professionals who show interest and really pay attention to what is being said. I guess this would be true also for o...
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