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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for communication in healthcare research topics.  Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.

Lapum et al. (2020) explain, 

within the context of health care, interprofessional communication can be defined as communication among members of a client care team, which may include members of various professional groups. For example, it may involve. . . the nurse, clients, families, and also other healthcare professionals such as physicians, physiotherapists, midwives, pharmacists, dieticians, and personal support workers.

Interprofessional communication involves verbal, written, and non-verbal communication . . . (Chapter 3, section "Interprofessional Communication") 

Lapum, J., St-Amant, O., Hughes, M., & Garmaise-Yee, J (Eds.). (2020). Introduction to communication in nursing. Ryerson University. 

Searching Tips

Searching Tips

Remember to the read any guidelines for your assignment before searching and finding sources. Make sure any articles used match the criteria set by your professor.

Consider the following:

  • Does your source need to be current?
  • Do articles need to be from a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Do you have to have certain types of sources (e.g. ebooks or articles)?
  • Is there minimum or maximum number of sources you need to use?

All these questions can usually be answered by reading your assignment guidelines. If there are specifications (e.g. the articles need to be from peer-reviewed journals) it is a good idea to select those limits when searching.

Starting Search Words

 communication AND healthcare

communication AND nursing

"interprofessional relations" 

communication barriers

communication in the workplace

"patient care team" AND communication

"interdisciplinary communication" 

patient-provider communication

"discharge communication"

To find more results, try combining these terms with OR, for example:

"interprofessional relations" OR "interdisciplinary communication" 

To compare the nuances between search words, try searching just one word/phrase and then another. For example, search "discharge communication." Then, search "patient-provider communication." How are the results different? 

Experiment with removing the quotes and/or hypens, as well as different combinations of terms and phrases.

Lastly, think about what aspect of the topic is of interest to you. Are you interested in communication between provider and patient? If so, you might want to start with these terms: patient-provider communication OR "discharge communication

 Or, are you interested in communicating between healthcare providers? In that case, you might want to search for "interprofessional relations" OR "interdisciplinary communication" 

If you are not sure and are just interested in the topic, then a broad search is a good idea to browse the results and see what you find interesting: communication AND healthcare 

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