Of previous editions:
"breaks new ground in its readability … It is concise, wise, and firmly pragmatic." British Medical Journal
"Since it was first published in 1994, Peter Tate’s ‘The Doctor’s Communication Handbook’ has been essential reading to improve GP registrars’ communication skills" Practical Diabetes International
This bestselling title has established itself as the ultimate guide to patient communication for all doctors, whatever their experience and wherever they practice. Highly respected by many and acclaimed for its light, conversational tone, this completely updated and expanded eighth edition remains a key text for doctors at all levels and in all settings, particularly candidates sitting the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
As patients become participants, doctors are increasingly adjusting to new roles and forms of communication − from orators and governors to confidants and interpreters. The Doctor's Communication Handbook continues to provide an invaluable 'one stop shop' to help students, practising doctors, nurses and other healthcare practitioners value and improve their skills in this area.
Preface. 1. The essence of good doctoring: a personal reflection. 2. Ideas, concerns and expectations. 3. How doctors talk to patients and why. 4. Different types of patient. 5. Patient encounter outcomes. 6. How you feel is as important as what you know. 7. What you need to achieve in a patient encounter or consultation. 8. Different methods of consulting. 9. Complex scenarios. 10. Wider communication and ethical issues. 11. Communication as a competence? 12. Summary.