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The Importance of Communication Skills for Healthcare Providers
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Throughout the semester, in this course as well as through the experiences I have had in the clinic, it has become exceedingly more clear that communication skills are equally if not more important for a healthcare provider than the education they have received. It is inherent in our human nature to trust those who treat us with kindness and understanding. It is because of this fact that communication skills are as vital to effective care as clinical skills in the practice of medicine. Balancing these two key components of healthcare is becoming more challenging each day in our community as healthcare is advancing and the demographics of patients in drastically diversifying. This strain on the field shows great opportunity for growth…show more content…
Throughout the semester, in this course as well as through the experiences I have had in the clinic, it has become exceedingly more clear that communication skills are equally if not more important for a healthcare provider than the education they have received. It is inherent in our human nature to trust those who treat us with kindness and understanding. It is because of this fact that communication skills are as vital to effective care as clinical skills in the practice of medicine. Balancing these two key components of healthcare is becoming more challenging each day in our community as healthcare is advancing and the demographics of patients in drastically diversifying. This strain on the field shows great opportunity for growth as a field but also opens the door for patients to slip through the cracks due to language, cultural or educational barriers. Medical providers, Optometrists in particular are being forced to adapt their practice models in order to accommodate this change. Best practice models are changing and communication is the basis allowing for this change.
Optometry is unique when compared to a field such as general medicine; as a field, optometry is relatively new to many people. The importance of optometry has moved beyond simply helping patients see better, to maintaining the health of the eye and working to screen for many other health conditions. Because its importance is becoming more understood and well known to the general public, the