Are We Losing the Art of Actively Listening to Our Patients? Connecting the Art of Active Listening with Emotionally Competent Behaviors
Michelle Doas
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2015.56060   PDF   HTML   XML   6,837 Downloads   12,021 Views   Citations


Active listening is an essential communication technique that requires the listener to focus and provide feedback on what is heard. The ability to listen actively demonstrates sincerity, and assumes that nothing is being shrugged or taken for granted. As a result, active listeners strive to improve professional and personal relationships, decrease misinterpretation of information, strengthen compliance, and foster understanding. Likewise, active listening can foster trust, mutual respect, and patient compliance. This paper will explore vital connections between active listening and displaying emotionally competent behaviors. Additionally, analysis of a case study as a means of strengthening these connections while improving patient outcomes will be assessed.

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Doas, M. (2015) Are We Losing the Art of Actively Listening to Our Patients? Connecting the Art of Active Listening with Emotionally Competent Behaviors. Open Journal of Nursing, 5, 566-570. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2015.56060.

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