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Communication in palliative care

12 December 2022

Communication is based on the intentional exchange of signs (symbols) undertaken to enhance cooperation or the sharing of meaning between partners. It takes place on many levels - from intrapersonal, through interpersonal (involving a group of people), to public. In the context of palliative care, basic social behaviours, such as the ability to talk, take on special importance. Communication is a skill that is acquired not only through experience, but also through professional training. It is in the interest of the interdisciplinary team to improve the individual's skills precisely in the area of communication. Only by cooperating fully with the patient and his or her family, taking into account emotions and needs, can common goals of care be agreed upon. Members of the interdisciplinary teams should ensure proper communication in order to provide optimal support for the patient and his or her family.