Have you ever read the book or taken the quiz to find out your “love language?” There are 5 of them—words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, physical touch. I’m pretty split between words of affirmation and physical touch. I always wondered, how does this relate to patient care or does it even relate to patient care?
Our love language tells us a little bit about how we interact with people similarly to Meyers-Briggs except Meyers-Briggs tells us more information about our personalities. This tells us more about our interactions which leads to me thinking about an important point. Our love language has a lot to do with our patient interaction especially as we work to deliver quality and compassionate care.
During my patient interactions, I always find myself using strategic, honest, and empathetic language. It’s how I’ve always been and how I demonstrate compassion for my patients. I also find myself using APPROPRIATE physical touch. When delivering bad news, there are appropriate times to offer your hand in support of their hand. When greeting a patient, it is appropriate to shake hands and say, “Hello, I’m Dr. Doe! It’s nice to meet you, Patient X. How may I help you today?”
Quality time is another important love language that I know patients seek. So now I ask you, “What’s your love language? Do you find yourself using those skills in your patient interactions? If so, how do you use it to emphasize delivering quality and compassionate care?”
If you haven’t taken the quiz, do it for fun, and see if you can relate it to medicine!