Enhancing intergroup communication in healthcare: The role of the receiver

Melanie Barlow


This paper explores how the communication behaviour of another can have significant personal and professional impact and, in turn, put others in harm’s way. In healthcare, in a continual attempt to address known barriers to communication, such as fear, hierarchy and power differentials, significant human and financial resources are deployed to develop and teach new and existing methods of how to speak up. Despite the effort, speaking up remains difficult, and as a result, patients are still being harmed. The author’s personal story highlights the fact that maybe, until now, we have not been addressing the whole issue.


speaking up; receiver; healthcare; communication behaviour; communication failure; healthcare communication; voice

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11157/fohpe.v22i3.523


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