Canadian Respiratory Journal

Canadian Respiratory Journal / 2014 / Article

Focused Review | Open Access

Volume 21 |Article ID 780270 |

Peter G Brindley, Katherine E Smith, Pierre Cardinal, Francois LeBlanc, "Improving Medical Communication: Skills for a Complex (And Multilingual) Clinical World", Canadian Respiratory Journal, vol. 21, Article ID 780270, 3 pages, 2014.

Improving Medical Communication: Skills for a Complex (And Multilingual) Clinical World


It has been reported that suboptimal communication represents the largest source of preventable error during acute medical care. Because a significant proportion of ongoing care relies heavily on verbal communication, it is incumbent on clinicians to develop, hone and maintain these skills in the interests of their patients and, at the same time, contribute to a more reliable and patient-focused health care system. This review briefly discusses why communication matters, practical strategies from both inside and outside clinical medicine, the implications of poor translation and the state of medical communication in Canada.

Copyright © 2014 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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