Communicating About Sensitive Topics
While addressing issues like sexually transmitted infections, obesity, and tobacco use is not easy, oral health professionals are obligated to educate patients on key factors related to oral and systemic health.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss the importance of educating patients about sexually transmitted infections, obesity, and tobacco use.
- Identify strategies for addressing sensitive topics with patients.
- List the American Medical Association’s 14 communication skills for improving health counseling and compliance.
This course was published in the September 2016 issue and expires September 2019. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.