Inquiry into the Communication Process: Nurses’ Perceptions of Nurse/Physician Communication

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As nursing has developed as a profession, the role of nurse-physician communication and how it relates to patient outcomes has been a focus of research. While poor patient outcomes have been identified as a result of ineffective nurse-physician communication, the factors leading to ineffective communication have not been identified. This qualitative research study was designed to identify the variables involved in effective and ineffective nurse-physician communication. The grounded theory method was applied to nine transcribed interviews of Master of Science nursing students. Three themes related to effective nurse-physician communication and two themes related to ineffective nurse-physician communication were identified during the study. These themes suggest areas for improvement in nurse-physician communication as well as areas where current practice should be continued and encouraged. An additional finding is that personal impacts of effective and/or ineffective communication had more significant consequences for participants than previous research has indicated. The results of this study indicate a need for further research into the process of nurse-physician communication.

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