What is Real Doctor-Patient Communication?


There is an exhaustive general literature devoted to communicative skills, and in the corporate world – certainly in politics- and in most endeavors in which management of people is important, the achievement of this basic social asset is usually followed by reward.   One frequently hears the colloquialism, “people skills” in reference to one’s ability to deal with human interactions.  Truth be know, this is not a simple construct, and furthermore, it’s not a stretch to say that an ability to communicate is the key ingredient to people skills. It follows, therefore, that in the very important human endeavor of medical practice (especially cancer related medicine), clarity and comprehensibility of words are critical. Essential to the reader’s grasp of this entire discussion is the subtle but important duality of this statement.  Let me explain what I mean.

Communicative and leadership matters have always interested me, and I have written and published on both*.  In particular, I want to emphasize that the doctor’s communicative ability with patient and family – when the cancer is discovered – that required after treatment with the looming chance for cure – and that unpleasant communication when treatment failure becomes obvious – are all critically important.  In the last of these circumstances, a death and dying discussion with patient and often family tests the compassion as well as the leadership skills of the physician.

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Video: Seabrook Island Morning (Re-post)

This is a Tidelines re-post from a year ago of a video found on Vimeo.  Many of our new followers may not have seen it.  It is well done.


Seabrook Island Morning from DANaturally on Vimeo.

This footage was taken the morning of August 11th 2012 on Seabrook Island, South Carolina.
Music: “Cumulo Nimbus” by Paul Mottram
Camcorder: Canon Vixia HF-S200
Software: Adobe Premiere CS5.5

Submitted by Tidelines Editors