An essential read on improving consultation skills is launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) this week.
The Patient-Doctor Consultation in Primary Care: theory and practice is aimed at trainee GPs as well as practising doctors and medical educators looking to brush up on their consultation skills.
The book looks at ways in which GPs can make the most of the opportunity to learn with and from patients. Chapters include theoretical and practical advice about improving and assessing consultation skills, electronic consultations and the involvement of patients in decisions about their healthcare.
Professor Steve Field, chair of the RCGP Education Network, said: "The new RCGP training curriculum rightly emphasises the value of communication, and it is imperative that all GPs have the knowledge and skills required to really get the most out of every consultation. This evidence-based approach focuses due attention on the patient-doctor relationship at the heart of general practice."