Patient-Caregivercommunication is something that can be very tricky to the point it can became ablame game between the patient and the caregiver. This is true because there isa lack in communication between them, the book talked about a true about an individualname Ben who had a lump in his chest but didn’t feel like it warranted theattention of his doctor and proceed to hid it from his wife who eventually findout and along with family members persuaded the husband to go see a doctor. Benagreed to do so after some time but his visit was a waste because Ben said hisvisit went “just fine” but didn’t tell his doctor about the lump and his doctordidn’t ask about it. Now, the question comes down to who is right or wrong as Istated earlier. To have a good patient-caregiver communication there should bea good communication and trust building. Patients have different way offcommunication just as well as caregiver do because a patient can simply say mybody is aching but the caregiver will have a tougher time with that because hewill start assuming and wonder what or which is causing the patient body toache.
If the patient was to say that my stomach is hurting thus my body achesthe caregiver will have a grasp of what he/she is dealing with to move forwardfrom there. Miscommunicationbetween patient and caregiver can lead to ethical dilemmas that caregiversoften face with patients can be several things. In chapter 4, there’s a sectionabout Feelings versus Evidence. It describes how patients determine if they’resick from personal experience or gut instincts, whereas caregivers are moretowards evidence. So, patients disconnect and feels that they are not beingheard and caregivers don’t take consideration to their feelings. Chapter alsopoint out a dilemma which is open communication as to a patient wanting to askquestions but don’t feel to be well knowledgeable so they remain to be silent. Whenit comes to the role of power between caregivers and patients it is stated to besomething not inherently negative. It should be used to help one another in ina way to form a better health communication between patients and caregivers.
Chapter 3, the example it provided was when a caregiver uses her influence toadvocate on a patient’s behalf or guide her toward healthy behaviors. Cultivatinghealth communication must have a positive insight with patients as well ascaregivers. Good examples for it to be successful are start on a friendly note,remember that small talk is no small talk, use open questions, treat people asequals, consider using humors.Identifyingcommon physical and psychological barriers to effective patient-caregivercommunication is by using the experience of both a patient and a caregiver.
Inorder to have an effective patient – caregiver communication psychologically,the caregiver should be patience enough to listen to the patient storiesconcerning how they feel about trusting you the caregiver their life and alsoexplaining and assuring them through knowledge and experience that you arecapable of doing so. In terms of physical it just comes down to payingattention to distress markers, their speech patterns, body movement tounderstand what is going through both patients-caregiver’s minds.