Iranian physicians' perspectives regarding nurse-physician professional communication: Implications for nurses

Mohammad Esmaeilpour-Bandboni, Mojtaba Vaismoradi, Mahvash Salsali, Sherrill Snelgrove, Lisa Kennedy Sheldon

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Abstract

Background and Purpose: Nurse-physician professional communication affects the effectiveness and performance of the health care team and the quality of care delivered to the patient. This study aimed to explore the perspectives and experiences of physicians on nurse-physician professional communication in an urban area of Iran. Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 15 physicians selected using a purposive sampling method. Physicians from different medical specialties were chosen from 4 teaching hospitals in an urban area of Iran. The data were analyzed with content analysis and themes developed. Results: Three themes developed during data analysis: "seeking the formal methods of communication to ensure patient care," "nurses' professional attributes for professional communication," and "patients' health conditions as the mediators of professional communication." Implications for Practice: Nurses need to be informed of the perspectives and experiences of physicians on professional communication. Our findings can improve nurses' understandings of professional communication that could inform the development of educational and training programs for nurses and physicians. There is a need to incorporate communication courses during degree education and design interprofessional training regarding communication in clinical settings to improve teamwork and patient care. Open discussions between nurses and physicians, training sessions about how to improve their knowledge about barriers to and facilitators of effective professional communication, and key terms and phrases commonly used in patient care are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-218
Number of pages17
JournalResearch and theory for nursing practice
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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