Interviewing and Communication Skills

  • Linda M. Garcia-Shelton


Effective communication is an essential feature of the doctor—patient relationship and is most likely one of its most complex aspects. Each participant in an interaction both sends and receives messages at multiple levels and through multiple modalities simultaneously. Messages may be sent or received consciously, with awareness and intent, or unconsciously, with either one or both communicants unaware of the message but nevertheless having sent or received it. Messages can be revealing, that is, communicate an existing phenomenon, or be reflective, that is, communicate an interpretation of a phenomenon.1 Messages may be shared through style of dress, verbal or written language, manner and kind of movement, Organization of space, and use of time. An effective physician must accurately receive and interpret patient messages and ensure that each patient accurately receives and interprets the physician’s message.


Facial Expression Consultation Room Closing Phase Skilled Physician Interview Situation 
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