|Future Directions in Communication in Neurosurgery.
|Year of Publication
|Hartley BR, Elowitz E
|Clinical Competence, Communication, Humans, Malpractice, Neurosurgery, Physician-Patient Relations
Modern-day care of the neurosurgery patient has grown increasingly complex and typically involves a variety of medical team members. Proper communication and transmission of clinical data within the neurosurgery team is required for successful outcomes, especially within the operating room. Effective communication is also critical to the patient-physician relationship and can aid in improving rapport and possibly reducing malpractice lawsuit risk. In addition, interactions exist between practicing neurosurgeons and members of the administration, often focusing on reimbursement and quality issues. Although most physicians would agree that communication between all these stakeholders should improve, certain barriers are present, including the adoption of newer technologies and the lack of formal training. In this article, we review current and projected trends relating to the enhancement of neurosurgical communication at all levels.