The Naked Consultation: A Practical Guide to Primary Care Consultation Skills
In training, a great deal of time and attention is devoted to consultation skills. However, once these individuals become fully fledged, few have any formal opportunity to reflect further on them. It is assumed that they can now consult well enough and will continue to learn 'on the job'. Over the years, habits can become ingrained, and clinicians may not consider alternative approaches to consultations. Sometimes doctors and nurses only really start to think about consultations when something starts to go wrong. Don't wait until then!
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A must for anyone who wishes to improve their consultation skills or aims to better understand the process of making a cup of tea! Particularly good for the begginner (medical student, ST1 registrar) or the time-pushed; as the author gives clearly presented, readable summaries of the key theories in this field.
I am a clinical teaching fellow in primary care and currently recommend this book to all our students.
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