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Clinical Dialogue and Communication

Chapter

Abstract

We spend much of our waking time communicating with others, by speaking, writing, and through “body language.” Communication is a little like sex. It is a normal function and most of us think we are good at it and some are, but many aren’t. Superior clinical communication is a learned skill. Speaking with patients, families, and colleagues calls for a studied blend of selective curiosity, quiet intensity, and the ability to attend to what is not being said.

Keywords

Clinical Interview Chief Complaint Narrative Competence Personal Injury Claim Medical Regulatory Authority 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine School of MedicineOregon Health and Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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