“Has he eaten salt?”: communication difficulties in health care

Phipps, A. (2017) “Has he eaten salt?”: communication difficulties in health care. Medical Journal of Australia, 207(1), pp. 23-24. (doi: 10.5694/mja17.00346) (PMID:28659110)

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The communication gap can lead to lack of trust, poor diagnoses and ineffectual treatment. Using research in allied fields of applied linguistics and intercultural communication this article demonstrates the problem of considering patients as deficient in their language resources and suggests the use of arts-based methods for bridging the communication gap in minority and Aboriginal community settings.

Item Type:Articles (Editorial)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Phipps, Professor Alison
Authors: Phipps, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
Journal Name:Medical Journal of Australia
Publisher:Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Australasian Medical Publishing Company
First Published:First published in Medical Journal of Australia 207(1):23-24
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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