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Semin Med Pract 
2006 ;9:21-28
Effective communication in the inpatient care setting: an essential competency for hospitalists
Farnan JM, Johnson JK, Arora V

The increasing presence of hospitalists within the health care system has prompted a call to standardize the education and training of hospitalists around core competencies needed to provide high-quality, efficient care for hospitalized patients. Significant among these competencies is the ability to communicate effectively with patients, hospital staff, and other physicians, such as primary care physicians and clinical consultants. This article uses a case scenario to illustrate the major domains of communication for hospitalists that impact on the quality of inpatient care. Common barriers to effective communication within each domain are identified, and strategies to overcome these barriers are suggested.

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