Effective Communication Effective communication plays a major role in everyday life and is a vital component of every professional as well as personal relationship. Becoming an effective communicator involves learning and being effective at all aspects and elements of communication. In order to be effective at communication one must first know the basic elements of communication. The five basic elements of communication are as follows: the sender, the receiver, the message, the channel, and the feedback. The process of effective communication starts with the sender who must effectively use forms of verbal as well as non-verbal methods to clearly state the message. The next step in the process is the receiver who is an individual or a group of people who the message is directed towards. To be an effect receiver one must incorporate both verbal and non-verbal methods of listening. The third step in the process is the message which is the most important of the elements and comes in various forms. The message is important to the sender because it is his or her information and must be adjusted to the receiver in order for it to be perceived correctly. The channel is the mode of transportation the sender is using to spread his or her message to the receivers. There are many forms that can be used to spread the message like words, internet, written documents, radio and others all having their own pros and cons. The final part of becoming an effective communicator is the feedback. Feedback is the receiver’s reaction to the message. Receivers process feedback often through questions, or comments this lets the sender know how his or her message was viewed.
Difference in Health Care Communication Health care communication has a major role in the lives of those within the health care field. Kreps and Barbara Thornton defined health communication as “the way we seek, process and share health information” (1992, p. 2). Communication about health states “Health communication is shaped by many influences including personal goals, skills, cultural orientation, situational factors, and consideration of other people’s feelings.” Some differences that health care communication has with the basic rules of communication are that in health care communication it is more interpersonal. This means that whatever the