In healthcare, communication is everything. While clinical skills and a vast medical knowledge knowledge are very important, great interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate well with your patients can definitely play a part in your success as a physician.
Even though it may not be taught in medical school, how you communicate with your patients is key, and can even help when it comes to increasing positive patient outcomes, as patients are more likely to listen to a physician who they feel they have a relationship with.
As important as communication is, there are common mistakes many doctors make that can hurt their patient engagement. Luckily, these mistakes are easily fixable.
Don't find yourself making these three common communication mistakes at KevinMD.