Communication Theory in Healthcare Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on communication and group decision-making in healthcare.
# 145833 | 994 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper discusses how effective group communication is essential in a healthcare setting to improve productivity and allow informed decisions when a patient's life is at risk. The paper focuses on the writer's team in a nursing home and describes the strength of the team, the role of hierarchy in healthcare teams and the benefits of the diversity in the team. Finally, the paper notes the greater acceptance of women in decision-making roles today.

From the Paper:

"At a nursing home facility, the members of different units may perform specific and separate functions, but all must work together to improve the quality of patient care. Additionally, the individuals involved in decision-making often include patients and relatives of patients. Their unique perspectives must be taken into account, as must the different backgrounds of the workers on the unit. Because resources are finite, managers and healthcare insurance companies are often part of the group that is coming to a consensus about care decisions. In short, communication and group decision-making is intensely collaborative in healthcare."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cartwright Stephens. (1999). Recasting groupthink as a consequence of ineffective leadership: Is cohesion the problem or the solution? Small Groups' Communication Context.Retrieved January 20, 2009
  • Lane, Derek (2000). Groupthink. Small Groups' Communication Context.Retrieved January 20, 2009 at
  • Lane, Derek. (2000). Decision mapping. Groupthink. Small Groups' Communication Context.Retrieved January 20, 2009 at

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