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Writing, Speaking, and Communication Skills for Health Professionals FREE TO VIEW

JoLynn Muraida, MD
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Chair, Department of Behavioral Health Lovelace Health Systems, Inc Albuquerque, NM

Chest. 2002;121(5):1728. doi:10.1378/chest.121.5.1728
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By The Health Care Communication Group. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001; 352 pp; $17.95

Writing, Speaking, and Communication Skills for Health Professionals should be mandatory reading for all beginning medical students and for anyone interested in a health sciences career. It is truly a stepping-stone from which all medical instruction should embark. This resource can benefit not only the medical novice but also the seasoned clinician.

The book begins by outlining the tools necessary for critically appraising the medical literature. Part one advises the reader how to perform literature searches, how to use prefiltered evidence-based resources, and how to interpret the components of a journal article. The reader is encouraged to “carry the torch of biomedical literature evaluation to illuminate the risks and benefits of therapeutic options… ” to the patients.

Part two of the book is like a trip down the English 101 lane. Common grammatical miscues are reviewed, and tips for simpler and clearer communication are offered. In this portion of the book, the reader discovers that efficient writing often requires thinking, planning, and many attempts at rewriting. Writing is a skill that must be honed and not an inherited trait. Grant-writing strategies are outlined, including advice for the first-time applicant.

Part three of the book addresses public speaking. Knowing one’s audience and their expectations can be of enormous help in the success of a presentation. The dictum of practice, practice, and practice is stressed, as is the art of eliciting audience participation. “True teachers” are differentiated from their more pedestrian colleagues by their interest in a student’s ability to rearrange learned information in new ways and by their techniques for correlating and sorting disparate pieces of information.

The final part of the book deals with the business of health care. This portion of the book ventures far beyond simply writing. The basic concepts of writing are stressed, but, in addition, the techniques of building a practice and running a meeting, as well as the production of patient literature are presented.

This work is a rare combination of reference book, encyclopedia, and textbook that is replete with many common-sense examples of communication errors and their solutions. Every health-care professional should own a copy of this book. The authors, who are known collectively as The Health Care Communication Group, have all individually established themselves as experts in the field of health communication.




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