Teaching Advanced Communication Skills to Trainees Caring for the Critically Injured
Trauma or injury is a sudden, unexpected event that often impacts previously healthy individuals, resulting in disability or death. Families and patients need support as they cope with this life-altering event. Physical or psychological impairments post-trauma may not improve despite the best treatment. Patients and families need ongoing effective and empathetic communication. Current training in trauma care is centered on life-saving clinical skills, with little attention to development of the empathic communication skills that are needed in this area of medicine. We can attempt to bridge this gap by designing a curriculum addressing trainee’s communication skills in trauma.
KeywordsTrauma Surgery Emergency medicine ABCDE communication mnemonic Communication curriculum
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