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Jonathan Silverman, Suzanne Kurtz and Juliet Draper     


This book and its companion, Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine, provide a comprehensive approach to improving communication in medicine. They are an invaluable resource for practitioners, course organizers, facilitators and learners at all levels, from undergraduate to continuing medical education, and apply equally to specialist and family medicine. Up

This book explores in detail the specific skills of doctor-patient communication and provides comprehensive evidence of the  improvements that these skills can make to health outcomes and everyday clinical practice. It is unique in providing a secure platform of core skills which represent the foundations for doctor-patient communication in every circumstance. It examines how to use these skills in the medical interview, and is essential reading for learners, facilitators and programme directors.

‘I hope that all those involved in medical education, and students and doctors of all ages, will browse through these pages, mull over what they have read, and then go straight to their wards, outpatients or practices and start really talking to sick people’ FROM THE FOREWORD BY DAVID WEATHERALL

 Defining what to teach and learn: an overview of the communication skills curriculum   Initiating the session   Gathering information   Building the relationship   Explanation and planning   Closing the session   Relating specific issues to core communication skills  

 Review Quotes

''A "must buy", something interesting or relevant on every page''  PRACTICE LIBRARY
''A detailed exploration''  GENERAL PRACTITIONER
''Comprehensive and interesting. I strongly recommend that you read it''  LONDON CALLING
''Impressive, readable and helpful guide to the familiar and unfamiliar skills of communication''  PALLIATIVE MEDICINE

Companion volume:
Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine
Suzanne Kurtz, Jonathan Silverman and Juliet Draper

This essential book provides the material necessary for facilitators and programme directors to plan, develop and facilitate communication programmes and for learners to participate more effectively.  ''Enables educators to build curricula or a course properly informed by research finding''  COUNSELLING IN PRACTICE


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