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Improving communication among healthcare workers: a controlled study

Mats Eklof (University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Gunnar Ahlborg Jr (Institute of Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 7 March 2016




This paper aims to test the effects on aspects of workplace communication relevant to teamwork, and social support, in hospital units, of a dialog training (DT) intervention based on knowledge of key quality aspects related to interpersonal work-related communication among healthcare workers.


A cluster randomized controlled study conducted among approximately 300 Swedish healthcare workers employed at ten hospital units. Workplace communication was measured in the form of participative safety, trust/openness, and social support. Effects were tested at three-month and six-month follow-ups. Repeated measurements were made.


The results indicated that DT had a positive influence on participative safety and social support from managers. A positive tendency was observed for trust/openness.


Developing and practicing good staff communication in hospital units is an important area for interventions designed to improve job performance and health.



The study was undertaken with financial support from AFA and from Region Västra Götaland, Sweden. The authors also acknowledge Dr Christina Grill’s contributions in terms of intervention design.


Eklof, M. and Ahlborg Jr, G. (2016), "Improving communication among healthcare workers: a controlled study", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 81-96.



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