Good communication between patient and dentist is associated with increased efficiency and more accurate diagnosis, improved patient outcomes and satisfaction and less likelihood of complaints or litigation. Communication is also a complex (and clinical) skill but, interestingly, its importance is not always accepted or valued, either by students or those with more experience. The aim of this paper is to review the evidence about communication within the context of the dental setting. The need for good communication generally is considered, as is its role in managing anxious patients and in avoiding misunderstanding. Ways in which communication skills can be assessed and updated are also discussed.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2017|