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Interdepartmental communication at tertiary hospital campus in the Limpopo Province

TM Mothiba
Curationis | Vol 31, No 4 | a1058 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v31i4.1058 | © 2008 TM Mothiba | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2008 | Published: 28 September 2008

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TM Mothiba,, South Africa

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Abstract

Interdepartmental communication in a hospital setting is fundamental to the provision of quality patient care. Effective communication modes are important because they result in the improvement of patient care (Tappen, 1995:181). Preliminary investigations into the main problems that underscore patients’ dissatisfaction have identified, among others, the failure of health professionals to communicate effectively. In this study an attempt was made to describe experiences of health professionals with regard to inter-departmental communications , define inter-departmental communication in selected departments of a tertiary hospital campus in the Limpopo Province and lastly, to formulate inter-departmental communication guidelines for health professionals.

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