Improving Communication in the Labor Suite

M. Faith Lukens, Regina Y. Fragneto

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Effective communication on the Labor and Delivery unit is an essential component in achieving the responsibilities and goals of the unit. Efforts should be taken to ensure productive communication among the multiple health care providers involved in caring for parturients as well as between providers and patients. Effective communication contributes to patient safety, and good communication skills lead to improved patient and staff satisfaction. Many of the outcomes associated with effective communication, such as improved efficiency, fewer malpractice suits, and less staff turnover, lead to lower hospital costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-558
Number of pages14
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Communication in obstetrics
  • High reliability organization
  • Informed consent
  • Interdisciplinary communication
  • Pain perception
  • Simulation
  • Team training
  • Transitions of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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