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The Doctor's Communication Handbook, Sixth Edition [Paperback]

Peter Tate
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5 Nov 2009 1846193923 978-1846193927 6th Revised edition

This book has established itself as a key text for all doctors, whatever their experience and wherever they practice. The role of doctors is changing: where doctors were once seen as a repository of knowledge and experience, the internet now gives many patients immediate access to a vast amount of detailed information – more than any doctor could expect to hold in their head. As patients become participants, doctors are increasingly adjusting to new roles and forms of communication - from tellers and controllers to listeners, sharers and interpreters. 

This sixth edition of The Doctor’s Communication Handbook takes these latest developments into account, with an entirely new chapter on the essentials of good doctoring. Conversational in tone and spiced as ever with lighthearted but informative cartoons, it remains a key text for doctors at all levels and in all settings. It will be of particular value to candidates sitting the new Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (<span data-scaytid="1" data-scayt_word="nMRCGP">nMRCGP</span>) examination, particularly the Clinical Skills Examination (<span data-scaytid="2" data-scayt_word="CSE">CSE</span>), and to undergraduate medical students.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd; 6th Revised edition edition (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846193923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846193927
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An excellent blend of theory and practice which should be read by every doctor --Clinician in Management

A must for every doctor --Family Practice

'Discussions, shared understanding, two way communication and agreements hardly ever occurred. Now I make it a point to treat my patients with respect and have a shared understanding with them. This has greatly improved both doctor and patient satisfaction and cooperation...Your book has not just made me a better doctor, it has made me a better person.' --Dr. Rucha Dalvi, Mumbai, India

About the Author

Former Convenor, Panel of Examiners, Royal College of General Practitioners

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is the best place to start when reading about the consultation. It is clear, straightforward, concise and comprehensive. You can read this in the bath or on the train - it's not a book you have to study, you know most of this intuitively anyway, but this puts a framework on things. You WILL start to consult better IMMEDIATELY after reading each chapter!

The reading list at the end is full of gems old and new, and it references all the classic consultation models and strategies, but is still fresh and up to date with all the latest thoughts and ideas.

This is not just for GPs, but GPs actually try to be good at talking to patients, so most will have read this. Any doctor could benefit (even ones working in a lab!) from this book, and I would heartily recommend it to all. Other healthcare workers who consult will also find it invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" simple as that! 2 Dec 2006
I was drawn to this book having read Peter Tate's Novel called "Seasickness"

I really wanted to get more into where he had got his motivation for the book through his history of practice. I am thinking of becoming a writer myself, and wanted to research further into the adaptablity of this writer from a more theoretical background into a fictional style. Something I know a lot of authors fail at.

I found it to be another shining example of how this author manages to turn a fairly heavy subject into a far more accessable read for not only the Professionals amongst you, but the normal everyday reader as well. It is true that it is aimed more at the medical profession, but I learnt a great deal about how my doctor probably deals with me from it.

Even if you only use it as a reference guide it is a good tool to have.

I would heartedly recommend this writer to you all, a balance like this is hard to find. Well Done Peter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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essential reading for medical students and doctors especially those contemplating general practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for GP training communication skills 5 Sep 2012
By sandra
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This book was recommended to me by my GP trainer. It is a book that is very easy to read and I have found extreamly usfull for the communication skills aspect of my training.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Tate 5 Mar 2012
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V accessible book highlighting the consultation .Useful for Gp specialist trainee and those in hospital could also learn from it. Illustrated with clinical vignettes to show principles discussed.
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