The Crucial Soft Skill in Healthcare: Why Effective Communication Is Paramount to Patient Safety and High-Quality Care
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Expiration Date: November 30, 2022
Credit: 1.0 CME or 1.0 CDE
Patient Safety & Risk Solutions Team
Thorough, precise, and efficient communication is an essential element of high-quality, patient-centered care. Yet, communication breakdowns and barriers continue to persist in various healthcare settings and situations. These mishaps can (a) interfere with efforts to engage patients and build meaningful relationships, (b) result in a range of suboptimal outcomes and consequences, and (c) contribute to liability exposure for providers and organizations.
The four publications presented in this activity — (1) Guideline: Communicating Effectively With Patients to Improve Quality and Safety, (2) Patient Satisfaction Surveys as a Quality Improvement Tool for Healthcare Practices, (3) Risk Q&A: Interpreters & Auxiliary Aids, and (4) Risk Tips: Communicating Effectively With Patients Who Have Limited English Proficiency — examine numerous ways in which communication affects patient care and perceptions, risks associated with poor communication, and strategies for developing sound communication approaches.
Upon completion of this activity, learners should be able to:
Identify ways to make a positive impression during patient encounters
Devise approaches for developing telephone and electronic communication policies
Determine strategies for managing patient complaints
Determine key steps in planning patient satisfaction surveys
Identify their obligations related to providing patients with interpreters or auxiliary aids
Discuss how to improve communication with patients who have language barriers
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