Communication Tips – Respectful Language

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Respectful language

How you say things can be as important as what you say.  You are more likely to have effective and satisfying consultations with your patients (and colleagues) if you use appropriate language, i.e. language that is understandable, respectful, and honest.

Try the following tips for respectful language to reassure patients that you see them as people who have not only medical, but also personal and social needs:

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– Use descriptive rather than judgemental words. E.g. Why-questions may sound accusatory or disapproving. They make patients think you are suspicious of them or their reasons for doing things. This could lead them to feel uncomfortable and/or to invent reasons for their actions


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Further reading on professional communication and communication tips:

Improving Communication in Medical Visits
– Effective physician-patient communication and health outcomes: a review.


Tip: More up to date educational events dealing with healthcare can be found online on the Education Database »medicine & health«.





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