A communication disorder is an impairment in receiving, sending, processing, and understanding messages. It can affect hearing, speech, vision, and language. Patients with communication barriers, such as blindness, deafness, speech loss, and cognitive or language issues, will miss some or many, if not all, of your verbal and nonverbal communication. This course explains how communication barriers affect patient care and what you can do to overcome them.
The causes of communication barriers
The negative consequences of having a communication barrier
How to communicate with a patient who is blind or deaf, has a speech or cognitive disorder, or speaks a different language