Pièce de Résistance – Four Core Communication Skills of Highly Effective Practitioners

  |   Animal Health
  1. Nonverbal communication – includes all behavioral signals between interacting individuals exclusive of verbal content.
  2. Open-ended questions – encourages the person to elaborate or tell a story without shaping or focusing the content.
  3. Reflective listening – allows the interviewer to check if their interpretation is correct, ensures accuracy and encourages client input.
  4. Empathy – viewing the situation from the client’s perspective. Empathy needs to be expressed verbally and non-verbally. It informs client they are being supported.

(Shaw J. Four Core Communication Skills of Highly effective Practitioners. Vet. Clin. Small Anim. 2006:36:385-396.)

The goals – Effective communication increases client satisfaction, compliance and expected patient outcomes. Improving clients’ understanding and providing the needs of their animals will increase animal health, comfort, welfare and decrease unexpected treatments.

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Posted May 10, 2019