The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 80, Issue 11, pp 938–943

Communication Skills to Ensure Patient Satisfaction

Symposium on Communication Skills for Health Professionals

DOI: 10.1007/s12098-012-0958-7

Cite this article as:
Shendurnikar, N. & Thakkar, P.A. Indian J Pediatr (2013) 80: 938. doi:10.1007/s12098-012-0958-7

Abstract

Every pediatrician would want to satisfy their patients and their parents to sustain good practice, earn name and fame and simultaneously to avoid litigation in this era of consumer protection act. This can be achieved only by use of good communication skills. Today the patients demand time, information and want their questions to be answered. They expect politeness, empathy and human touch from doctors. Time constraints, arrogance, telephone calls, language barriers and cultural insensitivity are the important barriers to good communication. Research has shown that doctor, who undergoes training to acquire good communication skills, can better satisfy his patients. Good communication skill is an art which can be acquired or improved by putting conscious efforts in day to day practice. Such skills should also be incorporated as part of medical teaching curriculum. Asking open ended questions, effective listening, appropriate praise, providing enough information as part of advice and finally checking their understanding, are the key areas of communication during medical interview. During this process pediatrician should ensure to address the parental concerns, should empathize with parents and involve parents in decision making. This will not only ensure satisfaction of parents but also their adherence to the therapy and to the pediatrician.

Keywords

Communication skills Patient satisfaction 

Copyright information

© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Niranjan Shendurnikar
    • 1
  • Pareshkumar A. Thakkar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsK G Patel Children HospitalVadodaraIndia
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsMedical College and SSG HospitalVadodaraIndia

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