I recently stumbled upon an article on a website about the use of the word communication in medical communications, a topic I was fascinated by as it was one of the few things I could relate to.
I searched for other articles on the topic, and found only one on Wikipedia.
It was a link to an article about a different issue, a piece by the medical journal New England Journal of Medicine on the use and importance of the phrase “communication in healthcare.”
The article was written by the same team that wrote the recent journal article.
While there are some differences between the two articles, it was a simple case of the use or lack of use of communication in medicine that was interesting enough to warrant further research.
What is communication?
While the medical profession has largely abandoned communication as a primary form of communication with patients, a recent paper in New England J Med showed that a variety of healthcare organizations are using the term “communication.”
It is not as if the term is completely gone from the medical world.
The word “healthcare” was introduced in the U.S. in the mid-20th century, and has since been adopted as a shorthand for a wide variety of things, including medical appointments, health insurance, patient information, and other healthcare related topics.
In recent years, the term has also been adopted by the pharmaceutical industry, which is largely focused on diagnosing and treating illnesses rather than communicating with patients about their symptoms.
Despite the increasing use of health care terminology, the scientific research on the term communication remains scarce.
According to Dr. Susan S. Miller, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the definition of communication varies widely among cultures and is largely determined by the culture in which the words are used.
“People use the term ‘communication’ differently in different contexts and across different cultures, and in many cases the meaning of the term may be much more limited in the context of the culture,” she said.
Although many cultures have adopted the term, some have chosen to separate the communication from medical practice and use the terms as a marketing term to sell products and services.
If you would like to know more about this topic, you can access the journal article by visiting the article link below:How to use “communication,” “communication synonyms,” and other terminology in healthcare articles.