We spend so much time learning about latest treatment methods or technology, yet we fail to learn about or practice one of the most important skills to a clinician. The ability to communicate effectively with our patients!

Clear and concise communication is what allows a patient to leave feeling confident in their treatment plan, not confused.

It saves times in a consult, leading you to be able to do more in the little time you have.

It can boost patient trust and rapport, assist a patient in revealing information you usually wouldn’t get in a consult and discuss difficult topics such as providing information that goes against patient expectations.

So next time you think of what course you should do, maybe consider expanding your communication.


Alex Murray Podiatrist

Alex Murray is a Podiatrist working in private practice and the founder of website Making Sense in Podiatry. He's passionate about helping other clinicians make sense of evidence and clinical practice with a core philosophy of exploring the complexity of human beings, embracing the uncertainty of clinical practice, and avoiding overly reductionist thinking. In addition to his undergraduate degree from La Trobe, he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Otago. He has experience with both national and international athletes and has recently transitioned to focusing primarily on helping the general population and local athletes manage their pain and achieve their goals.

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