Posts Tagged: words

Patient Education part 2: Words that heal

Communication is not just about the words we use but also the way in which we deliver those words.  In order to provide helpful words to patients, you need to understand what their beliefs and understanding of their condition is.  What are they avoiding?  What do they think the long-term effects of their condition will be? Placebo/nocebo response to sham intereventions is a very interesting phenomena.  Why do people have responses to sham treatments and some very dramatic responses at that?  There are many extreme examples that could be cited.  Continue Reading »

Patient Education Part 1: Words that Harm

When we think of communication the primary tool that comes to mind is speech.  Within the clinic setting we have an extremely important role in communicating with our patients an understanding of their condition.  Arguably the most important role we play is as health educators.  Research is showing again and again that one of the keys to better outcomes with patients is education in order to empower patients to take control of their own health. The words we use to communicate to our patients an understanding of their condition can Continue Reading »