Health Care Roles in Communication

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Health Care Roles in Communication 1 The extensive knowledge of physicians cannot stop at human anatomy. Their horizons should expand to communication and cultural differences. Communication is the most important thing in healthcare. People working in the healthcare field use communication strategies to inform and influence individuals. Having a good bedside manner can also help patients feel more comfortable, which in turn will result in patients asking more question and becoming more assertive with their needs. It is important for patients to trust their doctors; if a patient does not trust their doctor then it is very likely that the patient will have no regard for what the physician has encouraged them to do. I know if I go to my primary physician and she tells me something
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Health Care Roles in Communication 2 that I do not agree 100% with and I do not trust her 100% then I will not do what she has suggested; especially if it involves me taking medicine. “For individuals, effective health communication can help raise awareness of health risks and solutions provide the motivation and skills needed to reduce these risks, help them find support from other people in similar situations, and affect or reinforce attitudes. Health communication also can increase demand for appropriate health services and decrease demand for inappropriate health services,” (NCI, 1989). Cultural differences are another big obstacle in healthcare. It is important to have some knowledge about different cultures to ensure that diagnoses and treatment are correct. Physicians should also have some knowledge about different cultures so they know how to address certain situations and help to better understand their patient’s needs. Imagine health as a complex, interrelated, threefold phenomenon, that is the balance of all aspects of the person; the body, the mind, and the spirit. These aspects are in constant flux and change over time, yet each is completely related to the others also related to the context of the person; their culture. In the story that I am going to tell you, you will see exactly why good communication skills and knowledge of cultural differences is so important in the medical field. The story is about an Asian girl that has lived in America for the past 10 years and what happens when wakes up in the emergency room one day. Lena has lived in America for 10 years; but is originally from Southeast Asia and still practices the cultural traditions from her native land. Lena fainted in class and woke up in the emergency room with her friend Susie sitting by her side. Because of Lena’s cultural beliefs, she became very angry and started to leave. The medical assistant, not knowing about Lena’s cultural beliefs, came into the room and began trying to restrain her. The medical assistant told Lena that she did not have time to deal with the way she was acting then told Lena that she was sick and she needed to stay. The doctor came into the room and told the medical assistant to leave. The
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