Running head: PATIENT-CLINICIAN COMMUNICATION
Effective and consistent patient-clinician communication is linked to patient safety,
satisfaction, and increased health outcomes. On the other hand, communication breakdowns
contribute to health disparities. Understanding the seven principles of communication,
enhancing interdisciplinary communication and observing biomedical ethics enhances
Principles of patient-clinician communication
They include (Kurtz, Draper, & Silverman, 2016):
Mutual respect, this is viewing both the patient and clinician as full-decision making
partners. Each party should respect the insights and opinions of the other raise. I practice this
by allowing my patients to express their feeling/opinions in care delivery and holding
discussion for joint decision-making.
The second principle, harmonized goal, fosters the presence of common goals on the
care plan. I strive to ensure my patients understand the benefits and risks of the care plan to
encourage agreement of the care goals. More so, I ensure to integrate and align the patient’s
goals into the care plan goals to inspire mutual goals between myself and the patient.
The third principle is providing a supportive environment which entails making th...