Conversational medicine (CM) is a beautiful way to impart information about a disease or condition to a patient without allowing them to question you about what you are talking about. Of course, a certain amount of information is required to present a suitable case, but communication is supposed to be free and frank, yet intimate when talking to someone. Here are some of the features of conversation that help it work.
First of all, communication is about listening. There are many instances where a person will refuse to talk because they are uncomfortable with your going there. By listening carefully, you will determine if they are comfortable talking about the topic that you are trying to present them with.
Second, people from different backgrounds can speak with ease.
It’s no different from patients. They may have strong opinions about the topic, but if you don’t take the time to listen to them and continue the conversation, they will walk away.
Third, it’s essential to understand people’s cultural and social barriers when speaking with a medical professional. You can read the literature, but it isn’t always easy to overcome those barriers and provide insight and solutions. For example, people at a particular stage in life may not feel comfortable sharing too much information or sensitive information with an outsider. Simply having empathy for that person and understanding their wants and needs is all it takes.
What is conversation work?
Let’s say you had just taken a break from a patient’s treatment, and you happen to catch him drinking to get over the pain he is feeling. Instead of saying something like, “Did you ever think about quitting?” You can do something like this:
I would say to him, “The pain has been so unbearable. I tried everything. Have you been taking any pain pills lately?”
Once you get how he responds to this question, you can then turn to other things that he will say, like the medications he takes. You can then start to help him by explaining how a pill will help with the pain.
Well, that’s all very well and good, but what’s the big deal? This article is only for health-conscious patients. It isn’t meant to be a typical discussion of the pros and cons of prescription medication and how the benefits of the two methods seem to be interrelated.
We found the above example from a CBC Canada Media story located on YouTube. It’s one of the more successful examples of what a conversation is. So let’s discuss how it works.
Patient A (Dr. X) explains his techniques for treating his patients back to them from the perspective of a clinician. Patient B (Patient A’s wife) is listening intently. This is a real conversation, but we are just sitting there in the background, watching while Patient A and Patient B are talking to each other.
Patient X speaks in one ear, and Patient B is talking in the other. This is a perfectly normal conversational process. It’s so routine that we didn’t even realize that we were doing it.
The point of a conversation is to get information from the patient about what they want
how they feel, and what they need. To me, that’s why we need to talk to patients because we are a health care professionals – just like patients.
Many people mistake thinking that all conversation involves listening to someone talk rather than any meaningful conversation. Although some forms of dialogue are about words and ideas being spoken, it’s also true that a good discussion takes place when there is a good rapport between people – not just listening to each other.
When you have a good rapport with someone, it’s much easier to talk to them, as they are more relaxed. The best type of rapport is made when you’re interested in what the other person is saying, and the conversation turns out well. This is why some of the best conversations occur when both people are interested.
Of course, to get to that point, you have first to be able to develop a conversation that works, and there are a few things you can do to help this along. For one thing, you need to avoid talking too much. People will begin to worry if you talk too much, which can be frustrating for them.
Another thing you need to remember is that your posture and body language also play a role in how well a conversation works. As we often say, men don’t like it when women wear low-cut tops. If you want to kick the conversation up the butt, use a great pair of slacks. Even a great blazer, make sure that your posture is tall and straight.
Keep your hands in your pockets.
Keep your posture reasonable, but also make sure that you get your things in order. By having these things in mind, you can already take your conversation to the next level.
Another question you may have to ask yourself is, what is conversation work? This is simple: It is the ability to communicate with the other person to know exactly what they are getting. The other person has to understand what you’re saying if they don’t. It isn’t easy to move on from that point. You can help your conversation gets going by following these steps.
When you start talking to someone, watch their body language and find out what their body language says about their intent, what they’re saying. You may think that you’re just saying hello, but you may be saying something completely different, which is hard to decipher if you don’t watch the body language.
To recap, if you want to keep a conversation going. It would be best if you made sure that the rapport you’ve developed with the other person is solid. That the body language is telling the story. When this happens, the conversation is sure to go very well.