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Greeting a mother and showing interest in her child's
well-being are essential to effective communication.
To be effective, health workers need to
know the right facts about how to prevent ill health and treat illness. But just as
importantly, they also need to be able to communicate these facts and help people to
improve their families' health.
Good communication is a two-way sharing of information. It involves finding out
people's views. listening carefully to what they say and understanding their situation. It
includes being observant and appreciating the constraints people face at home.
Attitudes are as important as what is said. Effective communication starts with
welcoming a mother when she comes to see you with a child who has diarrhoea, respecting
her views and recognising that she has valuable experience of looking after her child's
Giving advice is a key part of health worker communication. But finding out information
and gaining people's trust has to come first. Unless you have gained people's confidence
by communicating well with them, then that advice may not be followed.
Articles inside explain how to select key messages to give people, how to explain
points clearly in appropriate language and how to check if people have understood what you
have said. This issue also provides ideas and examples for training others in
Finally, enthusiasm for your message is vital. If you believe in your message and want
to share the information, this makes communication come alive!
William Cutting and Katherine Elliott
|In this issue:
- How to ask the right questions Page 3
- Listening skills training activities
- Are you using appropriate language? Page 6
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Cathy Wolfheim describes a new WHO training initiative
aimed at improving the way health workers advise mothers on how to manage diarrhoea at
Good communication can ensure that mothers return to health
facilities if problems arise.
Some health interventions depend mainly upon
adequate supplies of drugs and equipment and health workers' skills to deliver the right
treatment. However, good management of diarrhoea also relies on mothers being able to
treat their children's diarrhoea at home.
How well mothers care for children with diarrhoea depends largely on how messages have
been communicated by health workers.
There are three main guidelines for home management of diarrhoea:
- give the child more to drink than usual
- continue usual feeding, including breastfeeding if the child is being breastfed
- take the child to a health facility if danger signs appear.
Mothers and other care givers need to know these rules so that they can apply them when
their children are ill. People who have heard the rules before may need to be reminded.
One of the most effective means of communication is two individuals talking, sometimes
called 'face-to-face' or 'one-to-one' communication. It allows an immediate exchange of
information and ideas.
Health care workers often do face-to-face communication. They are usually respected as
good sources of information, and they are in regular contact with many parents through
their day-to-day work. However they may need help in improving their communication skills.
Integration with clinical training
WHO has recently developed a training guide called 'Advising mothers' which aims to
teach health workers to communicate more effectively using the simple process - ask,
praise, advise, check (see bottom). The training activities in the
guide are designed to be included in courses on clinical management of diarrhoea so that
communication skills are given the same importance as clinical skills such as diagnosis or
treatment. Alternatively, the training activities can be run as a separate 11/ 2 day
course for health workers who have already been trained in clinical management of
diarrhoea. Rather than attempting to produce communication 'experts', the training aims to
teach a few essential communication skills to health workers.
The training guide emphasises the value of practising new skills. Practice helps
participants to become familiar with listening and giving advice, and convinces them that
the process works. In the same way that practice is important when learning to do new
things such as driving a car or diagnosing illness, it is also important when learning how
to talk to mothers more effectively, and how to use visual aids. In the training
activities some skills are first practised as exercises (see pages 3
and 6). then participants are given the opportunity to practise the
skills in a real life situation with mothers whose children have diarrhoea.
Cathy Wolfheim, CDD, WHO, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.
Summary of steps taught
in training activities
ASK what was done for the child before coming to the health centre and
listen carefully. Were drinks given? What sort? How much? Was the child given food? What
food? How much? Any other treatment?
PRAISE the mother's helpful actions. Every mother bringing a child for care has
done something right, even if it is only the fact that she has sought medical help.
ADVISE the mother about other things she can do to help her child.
Even if a mother has taken most of the correct steps, she is likely to welcome further
advice such as danger signs to watch out for if the child gets worse, or advice on
preventing further episodes of diarrhoea. Make sure you do not overload her with
information - choose the most important points.
CHECK that the mother has understood. Ask her to describe what she
will do when she returns home. This is better than asking: 'Do you understand? ' She would
probably answer 'yes', because she may be too embarrassed to say no. If possible, ask her
to demonstrate what she will do, e. g. preparing an oral rehydration fluid.
Editors' note: In this issue of DD we refer to advising mothers
since mothers usually bring children to clinics. However, other people often look after
sick children - grandmothers, fathers, older children and other family members. The same
skills should also be used to communicate with them.
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A good question
The way health workers ask questions is
very important. Good questioning will allow a real exchange of information between you and
a mother. Questions can be used for several purposes: finding out basic information,
getting more information about something a mother has said, finding out what a mother
already knows, and checking whether she understands and remembers what you have told her.
There are two basic types of questions:
These are questions that need only yes or no as an answer. For
example, 'Did you prepare ORS solution'? ' 'Have you continued feeding your daughter? '
Closed questions often begin with the words: have, has, did, do, are or will. These sorts
of questions are useful when you need to find out simple information, such as whether a
mother prepared ORS solution or continued feeding a child.
However, closed questions are very limited. If a health worker only asks closed
questions, a mother will have little opportunity to say anything apart from yes or no. The
chance to find out other important information will have been missed.
Closed questions can also lead a mother to answer what she thinks the questioner wants
to hear. For example, if you ask: 'Did you give your child ORS solution? ' then she might
say yes because she thinks that is the correct answer. If you ask instead 'What did you do
for your child with diarrhoea? ' it is more likely that she will describe what she
actually did. since she has not been prompted to remember ORS.
These are questions that require a mother to say much more than just yes or no. Such
questions encourage her to describe what she did, explain why she did it, or outline what
she understands about managing childhood diarrhoea. Open questions often begin with: What?
When? Why? How?
What did you do when you realised your child had diarrhoea?
How much has your child had to drink?
How do you prepare ORS solution?
When finding out what home care the child has received, it is useful to use a
combination of closed and open questions as the following example shows.
HEALTH WORKER: Has your child been drinking lots of
HEALTH WORKER: What seems to be the problem?
MOTHER: She was vomiting as well as having diarrhoea, so I
thought if I gave her something to drink it would increase her vomiting.
What is communication?
Communication is the exchange of information. In health programmes, the aims of this
exchange are to reach a common understanding and to change or reinforce certain behaviours
that promote health.
The word 'exchange' is vital. Think about how two people hold a conversation. First,
one person talks and the other listens. Then, based on what the first person has said, the
second person responds. Information and ideas are exchanged between the two.
The course on advising mothers is also based around exchanging ideas. It starts with a
health worker asking a mother key questions; then praising the mother, so the mother knows
she is being listened to; then the health worker giving the mother advice based on what
the mother already knows and does.
Practical exercise for training courses
This exercise aims to help you think about different ways of asking questions.
Please change each closed question into an open question.
CLOSED: Do you know about the importance of giving more
fluids to a child with diarrhoea?
OPEN: How much will you give your child to drink?
- CLOSED: Do you understand what you should do at home now?
- CLOSED: Do you have a one litre container at home to measure water for
- CLOSED: Do you know when to bring your child back to the health centre?
Suggested answers are on page 7
CDD, WHO, 1993. Advising mothers. CDD/ 93.2
Copies of the 'Advising mothers' training guide are available to trainers and
managers of health care providers. Write to CDD, WHO, CH-121 1 Geneva 27, Switzerland.
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Good communication is a two-way process with
both health workers and mothers listening to one another, respecting each other's
viewpoints and learning from one another.
Unfortunately, we have probably all seen examples of one-way communication where health
workers 'talk down' to mothers, lecture them, or criticise them. These mothers are likely
to go away feeling misunderstood and humiliated. As a result, many of them will be
unwilling to visit a health centre again.
Listening is a particularly important skill. Many of us might think we do this every
day and do not need training in it. But do we listen with our full attention and really
try to understand, rather than just hearing the words and reaching our own conclusions?
Very few of us could claim to be perfect listeners. But with training, many of us can
improve our listening skills.
Active listening involves:
- giving our full attention to the person speaking
- concentrating on what the person is saying
- respecting the speaker's viewpoint
- checking that we have understood what the speaker is saying.
It does not involve:
- carrying out another task at the same time
- switching off and thinking about other things
- interrupting the speaker
- telling the person that they are wrong.
Active listening builds relationships by showing the other person that we take what
they say seriously and accept them. It helps to avoid misunderstandings. It encourages
people to speak fully and frankly because they know their ideas will be listened to. Much
of active listening is common sense. The following points may help you to focus on how to
listen more actively.
- Give the speaker your attention and make time for them. Different cultures have
different ways of showing this. For example, in some cultures it may involve looking at
the person, making eye contact and nodding.
- Be ready to summarise what the person has said. This helps to check your understanding
and to demonstrate it to the other person. You may like to use expressions like: 'Are you
- If you do not understand, ask. It is better to ask: 'I'm not sure I understand the point
about . . . . . Can you explain it again, ' than to ignore what the person is saying.
- Encourage the speaker if he or she seems uncertain. This may take the form of asking
open-ended questions such as: 'And what happened next?'. or making supportive comments or
gestures. Sometimes silence can be a way of encouraging - you do not have to say
- Try not to respond until it is clear that the speaker has finished.
Two-way communication takes more time and effort than giving instructions, but it is
time well spent when it results in improved care of children.
Source: The Open University; 1991. Managing Yourself,: Block 1 Book 2, Managing
Voluntary and Non-Profit Enterprises.
EXAMPLES OF TRAINING ACTIVITIES
Repeating and interpreting
Ask participants on the training course
to form groups of 3-5 people. Give each group a copy of this discussion between a mother
and health worker. Ask the groups to choose two people to act out the parts of the mother
and health worker.
MOTHER: I'm not breastfeeding much now. My milk's no good.
HEALTH WORKER: Your milk's no good?
MOTHER: No. I work hard and we don't have much money. I
don't eat well.
HEALTH WORKER: It seems that things are difficult for you.
It sounds like you feel that since you work hard and don't eat well, that maybe it makes
your milk bad?
(The health worker pauses - looking and waiting for the mother's
MOTHER: Yeah. My sister told me that if I don't eat good
food then my milk will be too thin.
HEALTH WORKER: OK. let's talk about that ..
(They discuss the woman's diet and how it could be improved without spending a lot more
money. Then the health worker explains that a poor diet will not make breastmilk bad. The
woman decides she wants to breastfeed more.)
Ask the groups to discuss and write down:
- how well the health worker listened
- where the health worker showed signs of active listening.
After 15 minutes discussion, bring all the groups together and ask a spokesperson from
each group to report on the group's discussion. Afterwards you may like to summarise some
of the issues involved.
The health worker used a combination of active listening skills to better understand
how the mother felt, show her how important her feelings were, and decide what specific
things to discuss with the mother on this visit. As a result, the mother would have left
with a better understanding of her own nutritional needs and felt more confident to
The health worker took these specific steps to listen well:
- she repeated what she had heard, using the mother's words
- she watched for feelings on the mother's face and in her tone of voice
- she interpreted what was happening, based on what the mother said, what the
health worker saw, and what the health worker already knew about the mother's situation,
to fully understand what the mother was saying
- she checked if this interpretation was correct.
Repeating (the actual words) and interpreting (using what you hear, see
and know, to fully understand what people consulting you think and want) are both
important skills. Repeating shows people that you are paying attention and encourages them
to talk more. Interpreting gives people a chance to expand on what they have said and
correct any wrong assumptions you have made.
Active listening will stop you from assuming you know what a person thinks, needs or
wants just because you know 'other people like them'. No two people are the same.
Valerie Uccellani, Academy for Educational Development (AED), 1255 23rd Street, NW,
Washington DC 20037, USA.
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EXAMPLES OF TRAINING ACTIVITIES
Ask participants to form small groups as
in the activity on page 4. Give each group a copy of the following
story for one group member to read aloud while the others listen carefully.
Ana comes to the clinic with her very young baby. She has lost her health card and
feels very frightened to tell the health worker. The health worker shouts at Ana: 'Where
is your health card?' Ana whispers a response. The health worker shouts: 'If you cared
more about this little baby you wouldn't forget to bring that card!'
Ana looks down and hands over the child who is crying. The health worker weighs the
child, shakes her head sadly, and writes information in her book without telling Ana what
she is writing.
Ana is frightened and worried. She thinks 'Is there something wrong with my
daughter?' The health worker then speaks very quickly to Ana. 'Your daughter is
underweight. Give her more food more often, especially fruits and vegetables. Breastfeed
her frequently. That's all! Next time, bring your health card!'
Ask participants to discuss and write down on a chart:
(a) what did the health worker do that showed poor communication?
(b) what will Ana do as a result?
(c) suggest specific things the health worker could have done to ensure better
In the same way as before. ask a spokesperson from each group to report on the group's
At the end. it may be worth suggesting some of these points if groups have not already
(a) The health worker spoke quickly, wrote information without telling Ana, gave orders
instead of information.
(b) Ana may worry, get discouraged, lose hope, forget the message, feel badly that she
cannot buy enough fruit and vegetables, decide not to return the next time, tell her
family and friends about the harsh person.
(c) The health worker could ask, listen to Ana, praise, advise, check.
Source: Learning to listen to mothers.
Nutrition Communication Project. Academy for Educational Development (for details about
this training manual see page 8).
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Plain language is best
Health workers learn about disease using
very technical terms. When these terms become familiar it is easy to forget that other
people may not understand them. Because of this, health workers often use terms that
mothers may not understand when there are simpler ways of saying the same thing. For
example, a health worker may advise a mother to prepare rice water using 50 grams of rice.
If the mother does not know what grams are, or if she does not have a way to measure the
rice, she may not know how to prepare it. It would be clearer to tell her to use one open
handful of rice.
Information overload: it is better to emphasise a few
essential, easily remembered points.
This exercise can be used to practise changing difficult sentences into everyday
language. You will need to decide which of the terms used in the sentence may be difficult
for a mother to understand. You should then replace them with more common expressions.
Example: Diarrhoea can lead to dehydration, so you must give your child
greater quantities of fluids than usual.
Simplification: Diarrhoea can make your child lose a lot of water from
her body and become weak. So you should give her more to drink than usual.
Explanation: The words dehydration, greater quantities and fluids, may
not be familiar to the mother. It is simpler to say lose water and more to
For each of the following sentences, write the same thing in a simpler way. (Suggested answers are on page 7.)
- Mix the contents of this ORS packet with 1,000ml of water and give your child 200ml
each time she has loose motions.
- After the diarrhoea episode, your child needs increased nutrition.
Source: CDD. WHO, 1993. Advising mothers.
DD welcomes letters and articles from readers about their
experiences of improving communication in practice.
Putting it into practice
Training in face-to-face communication
was introduced into diarrhoeal disease control (CDD) courses in Vietnam in 1990. Health
workers are taught how to: use simple language, ask checking questions, use printed
materials effectively, and demonstrate preparation of ORS and rice water. Participants in
the training are also given the chance to practise these skills.
To find out how well the training has been put into practice, health workers'
performance in six provinces has been monitored regularly, with observation visits from
regional or national staff. Mothers and other care givers have also been questioned during
household surveys about the advice they received from health workers.
The results have been very positive, showing improved advice given to mothers.
Observations of 103 health workers during the year after training showed that the majority
were practising what they had learnt.
When mothers and carers in two provinces were asked about advice given in 1990 (before
training) and in 1992 (after training), it was found that more health workers were
following the steps set out in the course for improving the way mothers are advised (see
Cathy Wolfheim, CDD, WHO and the National Institute of Hygiene and
Table of observed behaviour
|Visual aid used
* Province A is Hai Phong.
* Province B is Thua Thien-Hue.
Table of health workers' advice reported by mothers
|Used simple language
|Asked open questions to check understanding
|Used visual aids ~
|Correct technical advice given
|Advice realistic for home situation
|Mother repeats advice accurately
|Mother participates in discussion
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The Quality Assurance Project describes a training course on communication skills
that has proved successful in a number of settings.
During the professional training of
health workers, one-to-one communication skills are not often emphasised. Some training
courses look at what advice health workers should give people who consult them, but few
courses address how to find out information from people and how to give advice.
The result is that many people who visit health facilities experience poor communication
and do not receive the attention and information they need.*
The Quality Assurance Project attempted to change this by developing a training course
in one-to-one communication skills. The training is based on the idea that if people are
better satisfied with the service they receive from health workers, they will be more
likely to follow health workers' advice, leading to improved health. This is supported by
studies conducted in the USA and Europe.
First, a review was carried out of communication methods, and the following
recommendations were drawn up, covering three main communication areas.
1. Good social skills
(These are ways to make people feel comfortable when they visit a health centre.)
- Greet the person warmly.
- Be welcoming in the way you talk and behave - gestures and the way you sit can
communicate your attitude.
- Ask about the person's feelings.
- Reassure them that their feelings are normal.
- Praise the person's efforts.
- Encourage them to provide more information by repeating what they have said, and
inviting them to say more.
- Show understanding.
- Show support.
- Help them not to worry by suggesting specific things they can do.
2. Problem solving skills
(These help health workers gather information and understand people's health needs.)
- Actively listen.
- Encourage dialogue by asking open questions.
- Avoid interruptions.
- Do not decide what the problem is before finding out the full story.
- Listen carefully before making clinical decisions.
- Probe for more information.
- Ask about causes, difficulties and worries related to the problem.
3. Counselling and education methods
(These are effective ways to explain health issues and treatment.)
- Find out the person's views on their (or their child's) illness.
- Correct any misunderstandings about the facts.
- Use appropriate language.
- Present information in a logical way.
- Check the person understands what you have told them about their illness.
- Be specific about what the person should do.
- Motivate them to follow the treatment recommended.
- Check whether they will follow the treatment
- Make sure they know when to come back.
- Ask if there is anything else they would like to know.
We then developed a training course to teach these skills to 26 health workers in
Honduras in Central America treating four key diseases, including diarrhoea. Local
trainers were involved from the beginning so that training could continue without the
Course participants were given the opportunity to practise new skills by doing
role-plays (acting out a visit to a health worker), and being tape-recorded during a real
consultation with a patient. Participants discussed each other's performance in the
role-plays and tape recordings and suggested ways to communicate better.
The new communication skills were summarised in a pocket-size booklet given to all
participants as a reminder of what they had learnt. In addition, everyone received a more
detailed training manual.
Participants' communication skills were evaluated before and after the training by
interviewing people after they had consulted the health workers, studying tape-recordings,
interviewing health workers themselves, and conducting follow-up home visits. The
communication skills of the health workers who attended the training course were compared
with a group of health workers (called a control group) who had not received communication
Positive evaluation results
Initial results show that training resulted in a significant improvement in
communication skills and a decrease in poor communication such as criticising people or
interrupting them. Health workers in the control group asked to receive training, and the
Ministry of Health expressed interest in incorporating the training course into its
on-going staff training.
The training course has now been adapted and run in Egypt and Trinidad, showing that
the course can be adapted to suit different settings and cultures.
Dr Berengere deNegri, Dr Orlando Hernandez, Dr Lilliana Dominquez, Dr Deborah
Lori DiPrete Brown and Julia Rosenbaum, The Quality Assurance Project, URC/CHS, 7200
Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.
* In this article 'people' visiting health workers also
refers to mothers of children with diarrhoea visiting health workers for advice about
their sick children.
to practical exercises on pages 3 and 6
- What will you do for your child when you return home?
- What containers do you have at home for mixing ORS?
- What signs would show that you need to bring your child back to the health centre?
- Mix the contents of this ORS packet with three soft-drink bottles of water. Then give
your child a cupful every time she has diarrhoea.
- After the diarrhoea is over; your child needs to eat more than usual. It is a good
idea to give her snacks between meals or an extra meal each day.
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Single copies of the following resources are free to readers in developing countries.
Write to HealthCom (address below) and explain how you will use
- Graeff, J A, et al., 1993. Communication for health and behavior change. San
Useful for planners of communication programmes, trainers and health educators.
Price for readers in Europe, North America and Australasia: US$23.95. Paid copies
should be ordered direct from Jossey -Bass Publishers. 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco.
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- HealthCom/ PNG and FirstTake Productions, Making things clear.
A 13-minute videotape for training health workers in interpersonal communication
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and the type of tape (VHS or BETA) required.
Price for readers in Europe. North America and Australasia: US$10.
- Uccellani V, and Vella J, 1993. Learning to listen to
mothers: a trainers' manual to strengthen communication skills of nutrition and growth
The manual outlines a two-day training workshop for community-level nutrition workers
on how to communicate better with mothers. Aimed at trainers and supervisors of nutrition
workers, this manual. developed by the Nutrition Communication Project, offers practical
advice about organising training courses and examples of group activities that can be
adapted to different settings.
Price for readers in Europe, North America or Australasia: US$4.
For all orders (except paid copies of the first book) write
Academy for Educational Development,
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- Hubley, J, 1993. Communicating health: an action guide to health education and health
promotion. London: Macmillan.
Contains practical guidelines on how to carry out effective communication in a wide
range of settings including with families, communities, schools, health services and
through the mass media.
Price: £5.80 plus postage and packaging (check with TALC for details of p& p
Write to: TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Herts., AL1 4AX, UK .
On the boil
I would welcome other readers' ideas about the
best ways of convincing people who do not have access to safe water that they need to boil
water before drinking it. It can be hard to overcome the idea that 'this is how we have
always done it' and there is no need for anything new.
Father Eddie Brady, Missionaries of Africa, Nyakato, PO Box 1421, Mwanza, Tanzania.
Singing the praises of ORT
A number of campaigns have been undertaken in Nigeria to take information about oral
rehydration therapy (ORT) to people's doorsteps. The importance of ORT is communicated
through posters, calendars, stickers, film shows, T-shirts, radio and television, and the
establishment of ORT units in rural areas. Another communication method is a song in the
local language about ORT and how to prepare it which is sung in hospitals and clinics
every morning after prayers.
Health workers need to demonstrate how to prepare ORT and parents need to practise
following their instructions. It is also important that parents are shown examples of how
ORT has helped children to recover from diarrhoea.
A E E Okoro, State Approved School Sick Bay, Hill Top, Ngwo, Enugu State, Nigeria.
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