Communication is at the center of what we do every day as humans. What I have learned is there are tools and behaviors that we can use to help us be better communicators. During the pandemic, I have learned that with improved communication comes empowerment through knowledge and sometimes, peace and comfort.
Effective communication allows us to develop common expectations, means we must not only speak clearly but also listen intently, and requires some mechanism to assure that there is a closed loop–what we think was said, is confirmed.
There is no more important communication than when we are taking care of our patients. We need to know about them and they need to understand what we are diagnosing and how we will evaluate and treat them. Unless we are on the same page, quality, safety, and the provider-patient relationship will suffer.
In this month’s blog, you will hear (and see) more about our Provider Communication Program. If you are a provider and have not attended this program, we—including your colleagues who have attended—recommend that you sign up.
Thanks for all you do!
Theresa Brennan, MD
Communication between health care providers and patients is critical to our goal of delivering consistent, high-quality care to every individual.
In our personal and professional lives, we have all experienced situations where communication might have been better. Sometimes this resulted in a simple misunderstanding, with no adverse impact. Other times the result may have been a significant inconvenience, financial burden, or other unwelcome consequence.
Health care is unique, however, because poor communication can also result in poor-quality of care or poor health outcomes that could be avoided.
The good news is that everyone can improve their communication skills.
UI Hospital & Clinics’ Provider Communication Program is effective at improving provider confidence and skills as they relate to successful communication and building rapport with patients.
Don’t just take my word for it though. Learn how one UI Hospital & Clinics’ provider, Kathy Lee-Son, MD, benefitted from the program.
The Provider Communication Program is free and available to all physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) at UI Hospitals & Clinics. Successful completion of the program includes up to 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.
To maximize the effectiveness of the program and ensure relevance of the content, each workshop is facilitated by practicing UI Health Care physicians and APPs. To help sustain, and reinforce, these critical skills, each attendee is paired with a professional coach rho will meet with them 30– and 60–days post–workshop.
The Provider Communication Program workshop is also being offered 100% online through May 2021. After this date a determination to continue virtually or resume in-person sessions will be made (6 workshops are offered each month). Learn more and register for the Provider Communication Program.
Starting with this April Quest issue, the Office of the Patient Experience is excited to highlight a new Provider Communication “Booster Video” each month over the next 12 months, beginning with Skill Set #1: Beginning the Visit in the Adult Inpatient Setting.
If you have not already completed the Provider Communication Program, we sincerely hope you will join us for this rewarding and exciting experience.
We hope to see you soon.
Alexander Nance, MHA
Director, Office of The Patient Experience