Nurses offer tips for better patient communication

05/2/2012 | NurseZone.com

Using plain language and open-ended questions and understanding cultural differences are some ways nurses can help ensure patients are sharing important information. Registered nurse Linda Brixey said talking in conversational language about a patient's condition -- saying high blood pressure rather than hypertension, for example -- makes it easier for people with limited health literacy to understand and communicate.

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