In the current age of computers and the internet, patients can easily be informed about their diseases, their symptoms, their prognoses, including their treatment options (Longtin, et.al., 2010).
Problems may however be seen when patients do not adequately understand the information they read and are wrongly influenced to make the wrong decisions on the basis of misunderstood and sometimes inaccurate information (Young, 2011). The routine use of over-the-counter medications as well as herbal and other traditional medicines is also an issue in the current medical practice. These practices however also include significant issues relating to the inaccurate appreciation of facts and information, issues with the product itself, side effects, and the presence of unknown active ingredients in possibly contaminated products (Young, 2011).
This essay will evaluate the different communication strategies which can be used and advised for health professionals and patients. It will specifically evaluate evidence relating to Mr. Miller’s use of smoking cessation interventions. A multidisciplinary care plan will also be proposed in order to address Mr. Miller’s health issues. He is already old enough to make a logical and informed decision of his care and therefore it is important to also include him in the decision making process. Based on information gathered on the patient, there are various lifestyle variables which may be affecting his health, including his smoking, his obesity, and his inactive lifestyle. These issues all related to each other, especially as they may make some of the symptoms worse or may be the cause of the other manifesting symptoms. Communication In the healthcare delivery, communication is an ever important requisite, not just between patients, but also between the healthcare professionals managing the patient (Tarn, et.al., 2012). Effective communication is a tool which is needed in order to establish an evidence-based standard, to allow processes to be carried out with the patient and his wife as well as to ensure that informed choices are made on his care (Tarn, et.al., 2012). Communication skills include the establishment of patient rapport, clear and coherent communication, empathy, responsiveness to the patient’s needs as well as his emotions during admission, as well as correctly interpreting non-verbal cues (Tarn, et.al., 2012). The different communication strategies have been presented, relating to specific elements in the decision-making process. These elements include clearly communicating evidence-based data from the health professional to the patient, accurate patient