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By Anne Stephenson

Aimed toward clinical scholars and primary yr citizens, A Textbook of normal perform accommodates the fundamental details pupil must comprehend and comprehend approximately normal perform and being a healthcare professional. the training sort of the booklet is predicated on experiential and reflective ideas in accordance with glossy educative conception and perform. It presents tips on sensible talents, the idea of offering strong medication and the bigger issues of encouraging lifestyles lengthy studying improvement. the hot variation builds at the profitable formulation of the 1st, by means of completely reviewing and revisiting all content material. Self-assessment sections were further to all chapters and a word list of phrases is incorporated on the finish of the ebook. Thinking/discussion issues were prolonged and extra pupil rates integrated.

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And Havelock, P. 2003: The consultation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. This is an update of another of the classic general practice texts on the consultation. Tate, P. 1994: The doctor’s communication handbook. Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical Press. This concentrates on how to communicate with patients in whatever setting you meet them. It is easy and fun to read. , Olson, C. and Williams, A. 1985: Meetings between experts. London: Tavistock Publications. This thought-provoking book makes for useful reading for all clinicians and aspiring clinicians.

Research shows that patients do want patient-centred care where doctors take into account ‘the patient’s desire for information and for sharing decision making and responding appropriately’ (Stewart, 2001). Given this background, and that you now have a basic understanding of the concepts of content, process, roles and patient and doctor centredness within a consultation, let us move on and look at a few of the common ways of viewing, documenting, reflecting upon and learning from the tasks and stages of a particular consultation.

Of course we are all, at times, patients, so it is also helpful to reflect upon any changes in behaviour that might occur when we are in the patient role and how this impacts on the satisfaction, process and outcome of the consultation. However, conflicts may arise between doctors’ and patients’ values and the interests of patients and their partners or families or those of their community or ‘the state’. When it is discovered, for example, that a patient is carrying the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): ■ How might this cause a conflict of values for some doctors and patients?

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