Check back communication

Check back communication is so incredibly impactful in life, but particularly the healthcare profession. There are always times when clarification is needed but people are too scared to speak up. The Domino Game was a great way to embrace check back communication and highlight the importance of it. It seems as though a training like that should be held for a team every so often. Additionally, it seems as though questionnaires on how the healthcare team members communicate would be very useful.

In love, there are different “love languages” according to Gary Chapman: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. I am almost certain the same concepts resonate in healthcare language (with different categorizations, of course). It would be fantastic to see something like that put into place in a hospital setting so the staff knows how they communicate best and how others understand best. Check back communication is, I think, at least the first stepping stone to understanding one another’s healthcare languages.