How to communicate effectively while wearing face masks

Mitchell, Aby and Hill, Barry (2020) How to communicate effectively while wearing face masks. Practice Nursing, 31 (12). pp. 508-510. ISSN 0964-9271

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.12968/pnur.2020.31.12.508

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed communication in nursing. Aby Mitchell and Barry Hill provide recommendations for improving communication when wearing a face covering. Communication is an essential part of nursing care and practice. The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed communication in healthcare. The 2 metre social distancing rule combined with the need to wear face masks has made communication more challenging. Wearing masks reduces the ability to access the non-verbal facial expressions and cues, such as lip movements, that are so vital to daily communication. Practice nurses rely on non-verbal communication as part of a complete holistic assessment and to build therapeutic relationships. This article provides some recommendations for improving communication when wearing a face covering.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, facial expressions, nurse–patient relations, communication
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2020 12:12
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2021 13:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45054

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