Clinical Dialogue and Communication



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.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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