Stephen Wilkins, MPH, is a thought leader, researcher, entrepreneur and blogger at Mind the Gap whose areas of expertise include patient engagement and physician-patient communications. He has over 20+ years experience as a hospital marketing executive, consumer health behavior and patient-centered communications expertise.
Wilkins shared with attendees a definition of patient-centered communications, provided practical examples of patient-centered communication skills in a hospital setting, contrasted a patient-centered style of communications with the more traditional physician-directed or paternalistic communication style and shared evidence demonstrating the benefits of clinician adoption of a patient-centered communication style and skills.
Wilkins identified the top 5 clinician-patient communication gaps found in most hospitals, including examples along with how these clinician-patient communication gaps impact the patients, clinicians and the organization. The webinar also provided strategies for closing the identified clinician-patient communication gaps.