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Communicating for Better Care: Improving nurse–physician communication.

Burke, Marina MSN, RN; Boal, Jeremy MD; Mitchell, Ruth MSN, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: December 2004 - Volume 104 - Issue 12 - p 40-47
FEATURES: A New Look at the Old

OVERVIEW: Effective nurse–physician communication is essential to care, especially that of older adults, who often have comorbidities that can lead to frequent moves between care settings. This article examines the current state of nurse–physician communication and presents suggestions on how to improve it, including developing relationships, defining communication strategies, and packaging information for clarity.

Effective nurse–physician communication is essential to care, especially for older adults who often have comorbidities that lead to moves between care settings.

Marina Burke is director of clinical services of the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, New York City. Jeremy Boal is the director of the Visiting Doctors Program and an associate professor of medicine and geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City. Ruth Mitchell is the manager of the Visiting MD Program, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Contact author: This article is the third in a series that’s supported in part by a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies to the Gerontological Society of America. Nancy A. Stotts, EdD, RN, FAAN, a John A. Hartford scholar (, and Carole E. Deitrich, MS, GNP, RN (, are the series editors. The authors of this article have no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.