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Clinical Communication Skills (Oxford Core Texts)

Price : $24.50
ISBN # : 9780199550463
Author : Peter Washer
pages: 176
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Published : 2011

Clinical communication has been formally taught to medical students in the first few years of their course for several years, but it is only in relatively recent times that clinical communication has become routinely assessed. Increasingly, students recognize the fact that their "general" communication skills do not automatically translate into effective clinical communication.L L This textbook reflects the shifts described above and presents the medical student with a compelling resource in a field which has come of age. Clinical Communication Skills is designed to be the first textbook of choice for lecturers and students alike, for early use in the medical degree. The book recognizes that this subject is often taught in parallel with Clinical Skills, and makes appropriate links.L L The book is unapologetically practical in its remit--it aims to equip students to deal with all kinds of clinical encounters, and to optimize the ways in which they communicate with patients and colleagues. Coverage features written communication, and also includes presenting patients to colleagues. Importantly, the book draws on patient and service-user involvement as well as a range of professional views. Readers can listen to these original interviews which are available as podcasts on the book's Online Resource Center. Extracts from these interviews are woven into the text of the book, and are designed in a second color for ease of reference. Similarly, sample conversational script is printed in color so that students can easily scan for examples of positive communication. However, a pragmatic approach is taken; coverage of what to do when things go wrong is also provided.L L Clinical Communication Skills assumes no prior knowledge, but the communication challenges which the book addresses do advance throughout the chapters. The book starts with the basics of why clinical communication is taught, the process of the medical interview, and taking a medical history. The middle section of the book covers how to talk with other professionals, to a diverse range of patients, to children and young people, and to people with mental health problems. The final section of the book covers information-giving skills which have become more prominent across medicine, including managing uncertainty, explaining risk, patient safety, dealing with complaints and breaking bad news. The material is written to apply to a range of settings, not limiting itself to general practice.L L The advice provided in the book is informed by, and aknowledges key theories and frameworks. Indeed, the Editor completed a through literature review to underpin the writing of the book, and links to much of this research are provided on the book's online resource center. In terms of comprehensiveness, this text spans the undergraduate clinical communication curriculum and is benchmarked against several international statements on doctor-patient communication. Author Bio:
Dr Peter Washer teaches clinical communication at Imperial College London. He has degrees in philosophy, in medical ethics and law and in education. His PhD was awarded by University College London, where he was formerly a member of the Clinical Communication Skills Unit. He has taught medical ethics, education and communication skills in several London universities. He has wide experience of teaching undergraduates, and also delivers advanced courses to postgraduate trainees.
Review 1: <span>"Peter Washer has succeeded in creating the best textbook I have come across on this topic for medical students." </span>
--Chair of North of England Faculty, Royal College of General Practitioners

This book fills a gap and deserves to be immediately installed as the standard text for medical students. (BMA Reviewers)


"This book skilfully integrates many aspects of communication that are required to become a safe and efficient doctor. The clear structure of the book and its focus on the important aspects of communication will enable the student to perform effectively and become competent and confident in clinical practice. This book is an absolute must for medical students to prepare them for the clinical environment and patient interactions." --Alison McEwing, student, Peninsula Medical School

"This invaluable text concisely demonstrates how imperative effective communications skills are and most importantly, manages to expertly outline how clinicians can best improve these skills for the benefit of their everyday practice" Source: Colin Neil , GP and part-time postgraduate MSc student, University of Warwick

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 18 January, 2011.

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