Asian Journal of Transfusion Science

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 190--191

Attitudes and communication skills


Hamidreza Mahboobi1, Tahereh Khorgoei2, Keramat Allah Jahanshahi3, Nazanin Sharif4,  
1 Hormozgan Cardiovascular Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences (HUMS), Bandarabbas; Payam Noor University (PNU), Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences (HUMS), Bandarabbas, Iran
2 Hormozgan Fertility and Infertility Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences (HUMS), Bandarabbas, Iran
3 Tropical and Infectious Disease Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences (HUMS), Bandarabbas, Iran
4 Student Committee, Education Development Center (EDC), Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences (HUMS), Bandarabbas, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Hamidreza Mahboobi
Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandarabbas
Iran




How to cite this article:
Mahboobi H, Khorgoei T, Jahanshahi KA, Sharif N. Attitudes and communication skills.Asian J Transfus Sci 2011;5:190-191


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Mahboobi H, Khorgoei T, Jahanshahi KA, Sharif N. Attitudes and communication skills. Asian J Transfus Sci [serial online] 2011 [cited 2022 May 22 ];5:190-191
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Sir,

We carefully read the review published by Chatterjee et al. in Issue 1. [1] The authors of this paper have explained the importance of medical communication skills in the field of medicine, especially in transfusion medicine. They have highlighted the need for education in medical communication skills for medical students as well as other professions in the field of medicine.

This need will become more prominent when this fact is considered that medical students and people from other professions in the field of transfusion medicine have to communicate with people from two different spectra, ie, people who are referred to for blood donation and patients or their relatives who need blood.

Each group has different needs and hence should be communicated with in different ways. The authors have highlighted the importance of medical communication skills education programs, but it must be noted that communication skills are to be learnt along with the medical curriculum as also in the classrooms and morning reports, clinics, and during the students' communication with patients. Moreover, this education should not be limited to previously mentioned education programs of a workshop.

Another important issue is that only communication skills do not guarantee the good effect of a doctor on people referred to blood banks. It completely depends on the doctor's attitude toward blood donation. A doctor with good communication skills but a negative attitude toward blood donation may have not a good effect on people. Therefore, the attitude toward blood donation should be evaluated carefully and efforts should be made to changes this, if necessary.

References

1Chatterjee S, Choudhury N. Medical communication skills training in the Indian setting: Need of the hour. Asian J Transfus Sci 2011;5:8-10.