One of the many radiographer responsibilities is to communicate with patients. After all, patients are the reason imaging professionals are employed. Radiographer-patient relationships can be strengthened and patient outcomes improved through improved communication. Imaging professionals have the responsibility to provide the best possible patient care, and proper communication plays a large role in successful imaging interactions. Using open and honest communication, the radiographer can form a trusting relationship with patients and their families. The following article will address what communication is, the history of patient teaching and learning, barriers to effective communication, goals of patient education, and the impact communication has on patients and families.
After reading this article, the participant should be able to:
- Define communication and its impact on patients and families.
- Examine barriers to effective communication.
- Discuss the history and goals of patient education.
Categories: Professional Development/Patient Care