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Good communication is key to good care

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 19 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1704

Re: Good communication is key to good care

As a GP good communication is the most important part of health care. In present day GP practice where there is so much transparency - alomg with hear say, literacy, the internet and affordability - the art of communicating is becoming an important task and tougher by the day. With awareness and priority of health becoming of prime importance in my country, responsibility has gone up many times for a GP.

Communicating to the patient what one has learnt in a local language is a major challenge. In busy practice, explaining with a diagram, getting the right local words that make the patient understand better, convincing the patient with the latest developments in medicine and its advantages is an arduous task itself. At the end of it, there is a satisfied patient and a satisfied GP!

If communication is not good then the art of medicine and delivering is not complete. But it is a challenge for GPs, always.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 April 2018
Mohan Devegowda
Bengaluru 560038