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Keep Communicating – from primary care to long-term prevention

By Christi Deaton, Primary Care and Risk Factor Management Section

Although it is a vital part of our clinical work, communication with patients and with our colleagues in the multi-professional team is not always effective. Our speakers in this session will provide the benefits of their expertise about effective communication.

Preventive Cardiology

Corporate healthcare or wellness programmes can help to maintain a healthy workforce, but how best to communicate the need to address cardiovascular risk factors and engage with an often young workforce?  Communication with patients can be challenged by jargon or professional language, noisy environments, not allowing enough time and the need for translation. What are the strategies that can be used to improve communication with patients? Surprisingly, communication among members of the healthcare team is not always clear. The multi-disciplinary team may all be healthcare professionals, but different professions can have different communication styles and traditions that may hinder effective communication to the detriment of working relations and patient care. 

Join this session to hear from our three speakers and a distinguished panel of discussants around the issues of communication in the workplace – both corporate and in healthcare settings – and with our patients.  The key to prevention and decreasing cardiovascular risk is clear communication with employees and patients about risk and what can be done to lower risk, and with our multi-professional colleagues.

The session "Keep Communicating – From Primary Care to Long-term Prevention" is taking place on 17 April at 11:20 CEST online at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021.

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Note: The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology