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1st Edition

Reflective Practice in Medicine and Multi-Professional Healthcare

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ISBN 9780367714604
March 4, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
216 Pages 2 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This unique book presents in a single collection around 50 essays by Dr Launer on reflective practice in medicine, including examples specific to medical education and multiprofessional healthcare. Based on existing contributions to the literature by Dr Launer, the book brings them together in updated form for the first time as a themed collection with an introduction linking the different topics addressed. Coverage includes communication skills, supervision, teamwork and organisational health. In a time of unprecedented demand on healthcare services, educators and practitioners, Dr Launer offers invaluable guidance to a broad audience including community-based GPs, practice nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants and paramedics, secondary care staff including consultants and registrars across all specialties, communications skills educators, counsellors and mental health professionals, and health service managers and administrators.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Learning to communicate

1. Conversations inviting change

2. The three second consultation

3. The big picture

4. Family matters

5. Three kinds of reflection

6. What’s the point of reflective writing?

7. Digging holes and weaving tapestries: two approaches to the clinical encounter

8. Why you should talk to yourself: internal dialogue and reflective practice

Part 2. Concepts and theories

1. Thinking in three dimensions

2. Making meaning

3. Who owns truth?

4. Double binds and strange loops

5. The science of compassion

6. Guidelines and mindlines

7. Complexity made simple

Part 3. Supervision

1. Super Vision

2. What does good supervision look like?

3. Supervision quartets

4. Collaborative learning groups

5. Clinical case discussion using a reflecting team

6. The irresistible rise of interprofessional supervision

7. Supervision as therapy

Part 4. Emotions and attitudes

1. On kindness

2. Power and powerlessness

3. The many faces of professionalism

4. Unconscious incompetence

5. Clinical gist

6. Rudeness and respect in medicine

7. Hunting for medical errors: asking ‘What have we got wrong today?’

8. Whatever happened to silence

Part 5. Techniques and teamwork

1. Good questions

2. Meetings with teams

3. Giving feedback to medical students and trainees: rules, guidance and realities

4. Why doctors should draw genograms – including their own

5. Socratic questions and frozen shoulders: teaching without telling

6. Concentric conversations

Part 6. Narrative practice

1. Why narrative?

2. Right on cue

3. Narrative diagnosis

4. Therapeutic dialogue

5. Medicine as poetry

6. Patient choice and narrative ethics

7. The yin and yang of medical consultations

Part 7. Provocations

1. Medically unexplored stories

2. Taking risks seriously

3. Dumpling soup

4. Is there a crisis in clinical consultations?

5. Patients as ethnographers

6. Docsplaining

7. Against diagnosis


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John Launer is Training Programme Director for Educational Innovation, North London Specialty School of General Practice, Health Education England, London, UK. He is a well-known medical educator and writer. He was for many years Associate Dean for Multi-Professional Faculty Development at Health Education England, London, UK.