Conclusions

Where communication gets stuck and irritation and frustration arises, the communication compass may be of help. Are we stuck because of the different perspectives between clinicians and patient? Are we stuck because of a confusion between information and experience? Are we unable to listen to a patient's experience or have we lost our perspective? When communicational difficulties arise, one has to pause; if one has been lost, a compass can help.

Fig. 2 Emotion-oriented coping

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