TweetLanguage serves as a means by which an individual accesses the health care system, learns about services provided, and accordingly takes decisions about his or her health behaviors (Woloshin, Schwartz, Katz, & Welch, 1997). What if a nurse is unable to effectively communicate with her client in the client’s preferred language? During my community clinical at a nearby community, I selected and interviewed a nuclear family comprising of a 75 year old man and his 74 year old wife. During the entire teaching session, I watched her confused expressions and realized that she was not able to absorb few chunks I was trying to explain her. Besides, I also felt sorry for the lady whose right to knowledge about her need was violated. According to Poisson (2009) “When clear communication is not possible, a disparity to access to quality health care is created”.
Another reason patient showed decreased levels of understanding and interest was confusion created by my abrupt switching of Gujrati to Urdu language while delivering teaching. As a student nurse, such a situation can reoccur so I thought about the options that I could have opted for to handle the situation in a better way and I came up with a few ideas. Thus, I could have asked someone from that community who has mastery over Gujrati as well as Urdu to help me deliver my teaching effectively and attain my client’s satisfaction. Disclaimer: JPMS Medical Blogs are published by the same publisher of Journal of Pioneering Medical Sciences (JPMS). Children with disability are the most sensitive and exposed group of people who are vulnerable to violence.
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The Issue: Limited English patients encounter language barriers at many points in their search for health care, from the moment they try to make an appointment through their entire visit including discharge and referrals. It bears repeating: patients with limited English skills experience barriers before, during and after a health care visit.
A patient’s health care visit and its outcome are impacted in large and small ways by all the interdependent parts of the health care organization. The systems approach described here shifts the focus from traditional programmatic methods to looking at how the health care organization can overcome language barriers throughout the patient’s visit. The diagram below shows typical access points associated with a health visit where information must be exchanged before the patient can proceed down the health care continuum. Health care organizations that look at these access points carefully can systematically identify communication needs and then develop strategic place-based solutions that will allow interpreters to be used for situations where they are most needed. When health care organizations rely primarily on interpreters, the challenge is to have them available where they are needed, when they are needed. As the patient volume exceeds capacity in settings where interpreters are the only solution to language barriers, common problems arise that erode the effectiveness of this approach. There are ways to use interpreter resources effectively and to create other tools to overcome language barriers throughout your health care organization. Place-based solutions are tools, aids, routines, protocols or specific instructions created for a defined place and purpose.
Developing place-based solutions begins by looking at routine encounters where limited English speaking patients may experience preventable confusion or delay. Learn what employees do when they encounter patients they are unable to talk with, either because of language barriers or other communication impediments, such as with deaf patients. Using simple tools and aids designed for specific locations and purposes enable employees to carry out simple tasks, rather than relying on interpreters by default. By using place-based solutions appropriately, rather than choosing interpreters by default, health care organizations can increase LEP patients’ access to care and consequently their quality of care.
Hablamos Juntos demonstrations were encouraged to think strategically and create place-based solutions with an emphasis to access points.
Low-tech solutions include printed materials including cards, handouts, diagrams, posters, signs and other basic resources and technology that, when used in the settings for which they were designed, facilitate information exchanges and enable English speaking employees to overcome language barriers.
Printed materials with foreign language content are the least expensive type of language service and are especially useful for literate patients. This automated health information database is accessible 24 hours a day and can be listened to as many times as the patient desires. High-tech solutions incorporate new and existing technology, computer software, electronic kiosks, use of portable devices like personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptop computers, tablet PC’s, phone systems with bilingual support, and messaging systems.
Because of their mobility, handheld electronic devices are suitable for mobile healthcare staff, such as doctors and nurses, and other clinical and support staff. Healthcare database software can be divided into two basic types: a health information database for patient reference and a patient information database for providers.
While communication is universal, language can sometimes turn out to be the bridge or the barrier. This is just one of the many instances where I’ve felt grossly out of place in Coimbatore. Everytime I saw anyone in the vicinity of the mess, they all muttered something incoherent to me.
Yesterday, I met a junior who hailed from Delhi and I asked him about the college and whether he had any problems.
Moreover, language also offers means by which the nurse gets an understanding of a patient’s need, and thus is able to address it in the best possible way she can.
Upon interviewing and filling out family assessment forms the lady told me that they can only speak and understand Gujrati. On discussion with my faculty, she helped me identify loop holes in my history and guided me to further teach the lady about osteoarthritis along with its range of motion exercises.
However, I was relieved that I tried my best and the lady was at least able to understand and perform one exercise. Firstly, I lacked appropriate words in Gujrati to be used in my teaching, to give the lady information about her health status and its preventive measures. Primarily, I could have come pre planned for my teaching by searching and listing down Gujrati words that were used in my teaching on Osteoarthritis.
The more strategies we can involve in the learning process the greater the likelihood that our patient will understand and remember information. I could have also asked my faculty to check my teaching plan and they suggest me the words used to make sure my teaching is understandable by the patient. Using words in client’s preferred language and using strategies would not only help with the language barrier in understanding the concept and create less confusion but will also assist in continuum of care. This article does not reflect the policies of JPMS or its Staff or Editorial nor it intends to provide legal, financial or medical advice.
Business communication (or simply "communications", in a business context) encompasses such topics as marketing, brand management, customer relations, consumer behavior, advertising, public relations, corporate communication, community engagement, reputation management, interpersonal communication, employee engagement, and event management. These communication challenges affect access to quality health care; patients often delay treatment until their health needs become urgent. We’ll explore low-tech and high-tech solutions developed by Hablamos Juntos demonstrations that improve patient flow, making systems more effective for all patients.
Due to the interdependent nature of health care organizations, expecting employees and patients to wait for an interpreter to enable communication creates problems for both groups. A systems approach to language access is based on the premise that a health care organization is comprised of regularly interacting or interdependent activities. Each of these access points requires effective communication to ensure positive health outcomes. Studying how to improve access and services for the LEP population will also inform the health care organization about how to improve communication for all patients. Relying exclusively on interpreter services for all interactions is not an efficient or financially viable option. To see a list illustrating common consequences and limitations of relying only on interpreters for overcoming language barriers, click here.
By analyzing the exchange of information that takes place at each access point you can create place-based solutions. The idea here is to identify standard phrases or routines that are repeated with each patient and create solutions employees can use to help LEP patients through basic administrative processes without calling for an interpreter. Check-in functions, for example, occur in various locations throughout a health care visit to acknowledge a patient has arrived and to initiate a health encounter.
Successful implementation of place- based tools, as any new practice, requires supportive infrastructure and the capacity to reinforce and support the use of these tools. Creating an environment of problem solving and active engagement to overcome language barriers can increase access for patients with limited English ability and increase their comfort during a visit. Useful low-tech materials are simple to read, easy to access and might include step-by-step instructions that can be handed out to patients. These cards can be used to help patients make their way from the hospital entrance to the exam room or other destinations without incurring major delays waiting for an interpreter to help.
Pre-recorded messages give basic information, confirm location, request identifying information and give basic instructions. Developing protocols to route calls to interpreters or bilingual employees are simple tools that can be used at many access points.
The number of Russian speakers has nearly tripled; Vietnamese and French Creole (including Haitian Creole) speakers have doubled.
These types of technology can be integrated with voice recording systems to convey recorded information in the preferred language of your patients. Devices like PDAs, Tablet PCs and other computerized technology can include electronic term glossaries, pre-recorded messages, diagrams and graphics that can be used to explain concepts and provide instructions to patients in languages other than English.
These databases can be built in several languages and can be updated as necessary with new information as needs are identified.
Here’s an account from one of the correspondents on his experience when he joined the college. I pretended not to notice and prayed silently that the question passes to someone else because I did not understand a word he said. Once again the Indian nod came to my rescue, sending everyone who asked me with a satisfied feeling in their face. Computer Science, 2012-2016) is a happy-go-lucky person who loves to read and listen to music.
The difference in language between health care providers and patients increasingly imposes barriers to the implementation of health care. Currently a significant and growing number of the Pakistani population is non- Urdu speaking.

As I had some command over Gujrati I was able to communicate and identify their teaching needs.
After evaluation, I felt that all my hard work; my time, my goals and objectives for community were fruitless. Secondly, I used only verbal teaching methods to deliver my teaching rather than using visual aids and demonstration.
Moreover, while teaching the patient I remained task oriented and ignored my patient’s preference to language. In addition, whenever there is a language barrier a nurse should use verbal means as well as nonverbal teaching methods such as hand gestures, demonstrations, visual aid and facial expression that can help client understand some meaning within the conversation. Aboul-Enein, and Ahmed (2006), stated, “A great obstacle…occurs when a language barrier exists between the nurse and patient. Thus, I should have worked on all components of teaching, learning principles before preparing and delivering my teaching.
It is closely related to the fields of professional communication and technical communication.
Solutions tailored for specific transactions can include use of: patient greeters, navigators, escorts, help desks, phone lines, maps and brochures, pre-recorded messages, electronic kiosks, directories, and switchboard operators, among others.
Waiting for effective communication also impedes the health care organization’s ability to move all patients through their visits. So in order to effectively address language barriers, we need to understand how each interdependent part affects the others and focus on building response capacity within each one.
The main emphasis of this examination is to learn what happens when there are language barriers. Are the actions of employees guided by policies and procedures or are they left to their own creative solutions?
At each access point, language barriers influence: 1) how the patient experiences health care delivery, 2) the information received and given, 3) decisions made or opinions formed by both providers and patients, and 4) the quality of care received. Working with the Hablamos Juntos demonstrations, the limits of using interpreters as the primary solution became evident immediately. Place-based solutions for language access are practical aids and tools used by employees that enable LEP patients to proceed through their visit without undue delay. While many encounters are complex and unique to a particular patient, many others are routine interactions that can take place with some foreign language tools or aids. Poster boards, diagrams, and pictures can be used to reinforce concepts described in written materials.
Printed cards are limited in scope, however, and are of limited use beyond routine administrative functions. For health care organizations with interpreter programs, protocols to direct incoming telephone calls to an interpreter can be cost effective over commercial telephone interpreter services.
Health care organizations that serve patients from these smaller or emerging language communities may find commercial vendors offering telephonic interpreting a good alternative to in-person interpreting. Patient instructions can be recorded into the library, which they can then access from home. Utilizing this software requires access to computer terminals and can be made easily accessible through the Internet.
Being from an Army background, I had already changed my school 8 times and didn’t find language barrier a problem anywhere. Learning more about the language wasn’t my only reward, I also started to adopt the culture and morals that were embedded in the roots of this language. This population presents to the health care system, and the nursing profession specifically, with challenges to find solutions to language barriers which impact health outcomes.
The lady had pain in her knees since last couple of months and it hindered her in walking, standing and doing household chores like cooking and dusting.
As I did not have mastery over Gujrati I could not convey everything about the disease process (Osteoarthritis).
According to Ambrose et al, (2010), nurses who depend on a list of tasks to be done are losing something in their compassionate care of patients. According to Friedman (2011), commonly during teaching patients; different strategies are used by a nurse that include traditional lectures, discussion, demonstration and use of simple language for effective teaching. Media channels for business communication include the Internet, print media, radio, television, ambient media, and word of mouth.Business communication can also refer to internal communication.
Developing one program or department for language services places an undue burden on that part of the health care organization to resolve all the communication needs of every part of the organization, a task not easily accomplished without a systems approach. Using a variety of applications or place-based solutions increases a health care organization’s ability to ensure that all patients receive prompt attention and a smooth flow through their visit, regardless of their English ability.
Although check-in functions are similar, each one is designed for a specific location and purpose.
Hablamos Juntos demonstrations developed a variety of tools, ranging from pre-recorded messages to computer-assisted communication to aid employees in routine encounters.
This may take developing physical and technological infrastructures to accommodate new technology.
Below you will find examples of tools developed for a defined purpose within a defined health care organization. Each solution was designed and is to be used for a defined purpose, so successful implementation depends on trained users. If call volume is high, interpreters can be staffed to handle incoming telephone interpreting needs. Telephonic interpreting can be more cost efficient and the services can be accessible 24 hours a day. Kiosks are becoming more common, and utilizing them can help patients build a stronger sense of self-reliance and comfort with technology.
That’s the thing in the North, wherever you go you will find most people speaking Hindi. One of the first things I learnt after coming here was that “macha” was a synonym for “bro”.
The more I tried to learn the language, the more I understood the people and their thinking.
I looked at him and saw a previous version of myself, fighting the language rather than trying to learn it and reaping the benefits.
I tried my best to deliver all the information but on evaluation it came out that the lady did not understand many of the things I taught her. The inability to read and understand verbal recommendations by client limits their access to care and ability to make informed decisions” (Jacobsons, 2005). A communications director will typically manage internal communication and craft messages sent to employees.
The same way that health care organizations consider and plan for the care of those with physical handicaps, vision impairment and the elderly, they can also prepare their staff to receive and respond to patients with limited English proficiency.
Placed-based solutions can make the difference between serving your LEP patients and creating avoidable backlogs or delays that can be prevented with simple information exchange. Designing place-based solutions begins by examining one of these access points to first learn how employees are currently dealing with language barriers and to explore whether language barriers can be overcome by the assigned staff, before relying on an interpreter to intervene. For example, ready access or storage space may be needed for the tool or technical support to answer questions as they arise. English descriptions of the foreign language content should always be included to enable appropriate use. In addition, line staff can be trained to request interpreter support over the telephone for simple administrative tasks as a supplement to other place-based tools.
The downfall to this one-way communication product, however, is that the patient cannot share his or her symptoms.
With patients accessing information on their own, interpreters can focus on situations that demand their services.
Being born and brought up in the North, the majority of my ideals and view of life has been influenced by the culture of that place.
It is vital that internal communications are managed properly because a poorly crafted or managed message could foster distrust or hostility from employees.
Though interpreters can help patients navigate the care delivery experience, no single strategy will fulfill the needs of LEP patients throughout the continuum of a visit. Messages recorded in English and the patient’s language offer a tool to at least expose the patient to the English version of the information provided on the tape.
Some may argue that the Sir knowing your name is a good thing, but owing to some bad experience i know that is not the case for me. What about you?” Once my roommate was with me when someone asked me the question and upon hearing my reply, he asked me,” Did you know what that person just asked you?” And then he proceeded to ridicule me saying he was asking “Saptacha?” which means “Have you eaten?” I was left speechless yet again. Business communication is a common topic included in the curricula of Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programs of many universities.
Health care organizations that rely solely on interpreters will soon find that their reach is limited to only small manageable numbers of visitors and becomes increasingly expensive as that number grows. Health care organizations can adopt this practice and formalize arrangements for responding to messages left in foreign languages.
It had started to look like I was the main character in one more version of Gulliver’s travels. It’s kind of a sideways swaying of head and has the advantage of passing as both a yes or a no, depending on the situation. Not only Tamil, most of the language that people generally speak here is very confusing for us “Northys”.
In the initial days my classmates thought that I was showing off my English when I tried to speak to everyone in the only language that I had in common with them! I leaned towards my right to a Tamil friend, and it was only after my friend told me that the teacher was asking me if I understood what he was teaching that I realized that he had taken my Indian nod to mean a yes!
You get an idea of the confusion which we face everyday listening to people talk around us!
As generic as it may sound, the language barrier was easily the biggest challenge that I was facing in this college initially.
Presentations - very popular method of communication in all types of organizations, usually involving audiovisual material, like copies of reports, or material prepared in Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Flash;6.
What would I do in this state without this guide of mine who translated everything which was spoken in Tamil around me.

Effective business communication starts by asking the right questions to understand the customers needs and wants to be able to recommend a product or service customized to the customer. Communicate what is needed and then pause to let the recipient process and respond to the information. With an average of 1800 messages being sent by workers through memos, telephone, email, faxes, and face to face, it is important to listen and pay attention to the recipient and send the information clearly.
All in all, to be effective in business communication you need to be clear, brief, focused, and committed You make an impression on everyone with the way you handle your communication skills from your voice to your body language.Sponsored LinksDevelopment of positive personal attitudesPositive attitude can do wonders. Positive attitude is the seed out of which positive traits, which are essential for success sprout forth. If you so not fill it up with positive, inspiring and motivating thoughts, it will turn into a jungle of negative thoughts. Your mind is a beautiful garden, if you do not plant and nurture sapling of beautiful flowering plants in it, it will turn into a mess of wild creepers, bushes and thorny plants.Absence of negativity alone does not make a person positive.
On the other hand, people with a negative attitude have a hard time keeping friendships, jobs and relationships. If you are a person of positive temperament you always see the brighter side of life.SWOT analysisA SWOT analysis (alternatively SWOT matrix) is a structured planning method used to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats involved in a project or in a business venture. It involves specifying the objective of the business venture or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve that objective. The technique is credited to Albert Humphrey, who led a convention at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in the 1960s and 1970s using data from Fortune 500 companies. The degree to which the internal environment of the firm matches with the external environment is expressed by the concept of strategic fit.Setting the objective should be done after the SWOT analysis has been performed.
If the objective is not attainable a different objective must be selected and the process repeated. Users of SWOT analysis need to ask and answer questions that generate meaningful information for each category (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) to make the analysis useful and find their competitive advantage.Corporate communicationCorporate communication is a set of activities involved in managing and orchestrating all internal and external communications aimed at creating favourable point of view among stakeholders on which the company depends. It is the messages issued by a corporate organization, body, or institute to its audiences, such as employees, media, channel partners and the general public. Organizations aim to communicate the same message to all its stakeholders, to transmit coherence, credibility and ethic. Corporate Communications help organizations explain their mission, combine its many visions and values into a cohesive message to stakeholders.
The concept of corporate communication could be seen as an integrative communication structure linking stakeholders to the organization.Formal and Informal communication network1.
Networksstructural means (patterns of interaction) that allow messages to flow within organizations. May include two people, small groups of people, or large numbers that flow outside the organization. No one wants to make a bad impression on their supervisory and it is very human to put a positive spin in issues even when there is little to offer in that light.Downwardmanagers to subordinates.
Studies show over and over that employees feel better about the organization when they know a€?whya€? they are doing things or a€?whya€? change is occurring.Horizontala€”communication between employees or departments of the same status.
This may become overly competitive for organizational resources like budgets, awards, recognition, etc. May not be a problem but it is top managementsa€™ job to ensure the competition does not become counter-productive.3. Network Rolesparts we perform within organizations.(A) Liaisonsemployees who connect two groups without belonging to either one of them. Often an influential, experienced person.(B) Bridgesemployees who belong to at least two groups and connect each group to clique to the other.
Network Descriptorspatterns of behavior that help reveal how communication flows within the organization networks.(A) Dominancehow equal employees are to one another. High dominance requires communication be directed to a single or few key members who then disseminate information to others.
High flexallow variations; low flex would be very strict on how to communicate.(D) Reachability(dona€™t try to look this up in your dictionaries at home!)How many people must the message pass through before reaching its final destination?
Low reachability has fewer intermediaries; high reachability has potential for greater distortion since many people in the process.
By the way, dona€™t try to find the word a€?reachabilitya€? in your dictionaries-another of those made-up words that academics like to use!(E) Strengthfrequency and duration of communication are the keys.
Secretaries are often key players in the grapevinebeing bridges between workers and management.
Effects of grapevine activity on the organizationif formal networks dona€™t provide employees with information; the grapevine will step in and rumors persist. Types of Organizational Rumors(A) Anxiety rumorsreflect an uneasiness in employees (impending bad news on the horizon)(B) Wish-fulfillment rumorsgood news may be on the horizon (as a group or for an individual)(C) Wedge-driving rumorscreates dissension; an a€?us vs.
Barriers of Communication No matter how good the communication system in an organization is, unfortunately barriers can and do often occur . Regional colloquialisms and expressions may be misinterpreted or even considered offensive. See our pages: What is Anger?, Anger Management and Anger Management Therapy for more information. More generally people with low self-esteem may be less assertive and therefore may not feel comfortable communicating - they may feel shy about saying how they really feel or read negative sub-texts into messages they hear. Although modern technology often serves to reduce the impact of physical barriers, the advantages and disadvantages of each communication channel should be understood so that an appropriate channel can be used to overcome the physical barriers. It has the function of bringing together small groups for recurring meetings, focusing each time on some particular subject, in which everyone present is requested to actively participate.
This is often accomplished through an ongoing Socratic dialogue with a seminar leader or instructor, or through a more formal presentation of research. Normally, participants must not be beginners in the field under discussion (at US and Canadian universities, seminar classes are generally reserved for upper-class students, although at UK and Australian universities seminars are often used for all years).
The idea behind the seminar system is to familiarize students more extensively with the methodology of their chosen subject and also to allow them to interact with examples of the practical problems that always occur during research work. It is essentially a place where assigned readings are discussed, questions can be raised and debates can be conducted.
It is relatively informal, at least compared to the lecture system of academic instruction.Mock interviewA mock interview is an emulation of an interview used for training purposes. The interview tries to resemble a real interview as closely as possible, and provides experience for the candidate. The mock interview helps the job applicant learn what is expected in a job interview, and improves the applicants self-presentation. Mock interviews are often videotaped, and the candidate is shown the tape after the session, along with feedback from the interviewer. The mock interview coach will provide constructive feedback on all aspects of the interview process. Mock interviews are most common for job interviews, but may also be used to train people to handle journalists.
The mock interview takes about 20 minutes, then the job seeker and coach watch the interview and discuss the job seekers performance.The mock interview coachs level of direct experience in the industry or field of interest for the job seeker can make the mock interview more or less effective.
This is the case because mock interview coaches can best help job seekers when they have insights into what hiring managers are looking for and can gauge how well job seekers are answering the questions.
While there are many career coaches who provide a full suite of services to help job seekers figure out their career path, niche websites exist that focus on helping job seekers with their interviewing skills. The mock interview focuses on self-knowledge, past experiences, knowledge of the industry the applicant wishes to enter, and how well the applicant can convey that information. The job seeker gains the most experience from the mock interview if it is treated as an actual interview. It is also an area to gain the confidence and experience of giving an actual employment interview. This is also conducted in companies to address clients with confidence and learn certain things which are required for the meeting.Principles of Effective Communication1. Principle of objective: the communicator must know clearly the purpose of communication before actually transmitting the message. The objective may be to obtain information, give information, initiate action, and change another persona€™s attitude and so on.
Principle of understanding the receiver: understanding is the main aim of any communication. Thus according to Killian, a€?communication with an awareness of the total physical and human setting in which the information will be received.
Principle of consistency: the message to be communicated should be consistent with plans, policies, programmes and goals of the enterprise. Principle of completeness: the message to be communicated must be adequate and complete, otherwise it will be misunderstood by the receiver. Principle of feedback: this principle calls for communication a two-way process and providing opportunity for suggestion and criticism.
Since the receiver is to accept and carry out the instructions, his reactions must be known to the sender of message.
Communication is simply the act of transferring information from one place to another, whether this be vocally (using voice), written (using printed or digital media such as books, magazines, websites or emails), visually (using logos, maps, charts or graphs) or non-verbally (using body language, gestures and the tone and pitch of voice).Listening SkillListening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication, without the ability to listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood a€“ communication breaks down and the sender of the message can easily become frustrated or irritated. Many successful leaders and entrepreneurs credit their success to effective listening skills.
Richard Branson frequently quotes listening as one of the main factors behind the success of Virgin. Effective listening is a skill that underpins all positive human relationships, spend some time thinking about and developing your listening skills a€“ they are the building blocks of success.Principles of Effective listening1. Remove DistractionsFocus on what is being said: dona€™t doodle, shuffle papers, look out the window, pick your fingernails or similar.

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