Therapeutic Communication Issues with a Dying Client

Talking about demise is something many people don’t feel comfortable bringing up (Catalano, 2015). It is one of the most challenging scenarios that can arise for physicians and nurses when communicating with a dying client. It’s very awkward and challenging to face the patient due to emotional roadblocks. Hence, it is very critical for the physician to be mentally healthy especially when assisting patients who are on the verge of dying (Loerzel, & Conner, 2016). Recent studies have found that more medical teams experience a decline in lack of therapeutic communication in empathy, openness, honesty, body language, and understanding for their patients, as they get further along in their training (Morrison-Valfre, 2016). Consequently, using medical terminology, to convey information to patients who are illiterate may be a drawback to encourage the client.

Therapeutic communication is a very influential tool of the interface, which is used to assist in the relationship between the patient and the healthcare providers (Gilbert, & Evans, 2014). It encourages the efficient exchanging of information as the practitioner may use curative communication skills to relay information to the patient as well as inspire the patient to understand patient’s responses to health troubles hence help in making a decision. Therapeutic communication acts as a healing art to people with needs and the sick (Hawthorn, 2015). Proper interaction between the nurse and the patient enhances the patient’s contribution in their treatment. Likewise, these reduce anxiety, improve patient’s compliance and develop the therapeutic interpersonal connection hence prolonging the patient’s life expectancy.

Currently, numerous practices have been adopted where proper training is provided to the healthcare providers to practice openness, adequate communication skills and building corroborative interpersonal communication with the patient. Similarly, people are advised through mass media to create self-awareness by collaborating with the physicians to facilitate inquiry in times of difficulties (Bentley, O’connor, Shaw, & Breen, 2017).