MedTalk: A Basic Bi-Lingual Medical Communication Handbook. Communicating well is one of the hallmarks of a good and competent doctor. It is through communication that doctors build good patient-doctor rapport, take a comprehensive and significant medical history, inspire confidence in patients and encourage better patient compliance, thus ensuring better health outcomes for the patient.
Communicating with patients across a wide spectrum of ages, backgrounds and educational levels is challenging even when the doctor shares the same mother tongue as the patient. However, in the multicultural, multi-ethnic and multilingual medical context of Malaysia, a doctor is often trying to communicate with his patient in a second or even a third language. Imagine the complexities, and the margins for error!
This is where this book comes in – to fill a void in the Malaysian healthcare context with its own rich diversity of ethnic groups many of whom speak Bahasa Malaysia as a first or second language, added to an influx of non-local doctors and patients. This book will be a handy companion for doctors and medical students who are proficient in English and attempting to communicate competently in Bahasa Malaysia, and vice-versa.