Communication Theory Essay

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Communication Theory Paper By: Demetria Sims March 15, 2010 CERTIFICATE OF ORIGINALITY: I certify that the attached paper is my original work and has not previously been submitted by me or anyone else for any class. I further declare I have cited all sources from which I used language, ideas, and information, whether quoted verbatim or paraphrased, and that any assistance of any kind, which I received while producing this paper, has been acknowledged in the References section. I have obtained written permission from the copyright holder for any trademarked material, logos, or images from the Internet or other sources. I further agree that my name typed on the line below is intended to have, and shall have, the same validity as my handwritten signature. Student's signature (name typed here is equivalent to a signature): __Demetria Sims_________________________ ___ Communication Theory Paper Introduction Healthcare is a field where effective communication is important. “Researches have shown that patients who are dealt with by healthcare providers with good communication skills have better health outcomes. Poor communication can lead to patients not engaging in the healthcare system, refusing to follow their physician’s advice, and not getting the treatment that they need.” (Berry, D., 2007). This paper will address the communication that is used in my organization, and it will show how gender and cultural differences impact communication. Communication To understand communication theory it’s important to know the definition. “Communication theory is the interface between health communication research and health communication interventions.” (What is the definition of communication theory?). Communication is a process where information is exchanged. The four basic elements of the

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