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  • 13 Mar 2009
    Anthony Back

    Why Communication is an Important Skill for Physicians

    I have a hunch that one reason physicians hesitate to think about communication as a learned skill is that they’ve been ‘taught’ mostly by being shamed. For example, oncologists cite ‘traumatic experiences’ as more influential in learning communication than any other kind of educational experience—more powerful than role models, workshops, lectures, you name it. What the evidence shows is that osmosis is not enough; experience alone does not result in improvement.

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