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Perhaps the biggest barrier to communication in healthcare is the loss of direct verbal speech.
I was in hell. I knew I had anorexia, but it doesn't stop you from trying to deny it. Lying and trying to hide it from yourself and others become part of the norm.
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Cancer is fraught with uncertainty. The healthcare received should never exacerbate it. My clinical team left me coordinating my care when I really didn't know what was happening.
Recently my friends and I have realised that we are using medical jargon without even noticing. We are medical students and are continually learning.
Alison's story shows how miscommunication has a long-lasting impact on emotional well-being and perception of care.
After seeing the doctor in the emergency department, an appointment was made to see a specialist doctor (Consultant) at my local hospital.
As I sit at home, reflecting on the bad news the doctors have given me, I feel a little embarrassed.
So, how did I end up receiving bad news about cancer? Well, after a testing day of cycling, I ended up in the Emergency Department (ED) with a suspected broken back. What happened?
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