Communication Skills in Medicine / Edition 1

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Overview

Little training is given to doctors in breaking bad news to patients and their families. Stories of heartless behaviour by doctors ill-equipped for the task are rife. This user friendly book will help all health care workers to face the situation more confidently. Written by specialists in each field, it provides practical guidance on all types of situations

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: True Le, DO (Baylor College of Medicine)
Description: This is a new book on communication skills in medicine. The contributors are mainly European, from varied educational backgrounds.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide some guidance when dealing with situations that may arise in medicine. Its main focus is the delivery of "bad news," such as telling parents of a son's death or informing individuals of their terminal conditions.
Audience: It targets all students of medicine from medical students to interns and residents. At all levels it provides a helpful guide when dealing with these difficult situations, since it is clear these fragile situations must be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Features: There are numerous charts and tables throughout this book that are helpful, and provide a quick reference for the busy individual.
Assessment: This book would be very beneficial for students and residents in all medical fields, particularly in primary care because it provides a concise approach to discussling complicated and sometimes difficult situations.
True Le
This is a new book on communication skills in medicine. The contributors are mainly European, from varied educational backgrounds. The purpose of this book is to provide some guidance when dealing with situations that may arise in medicine. Its main focus is the delivery of ""bad news,"" such as telling parents of a son's death or informing individuals of their terminal conditions. It targets all students of medicine from medical students to interns and residents. At all levels it provides a helpful guide when dealing with these difficult situations, since it is clear these fragile situations must be dealt with in an appropriate manner. There are numerous charts and tables throughout this book that are helpful, and provide a quick reference for the busy individual. This book would be very beneficial for students and residents in all medical fields, particularly in primary care because it provides a concise approach to discussling complicated and sometimes difficult situations.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727911520
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Talking to the parents of a baby with perinatal brain injuries, Steven Ryan; telling parents their child has severe congenital anomalies, Steven Ryan; supporting relatives following a cot death, Barbara M. Phillips; the child in whom you suspect non-accidental injury or sexual abuse, Marion Miles; talking to the parents of a child who is brain dead, Alistair W. Blair and Christopher R. Steer; communicating with young adults with cystic fibrosis, Anthony K. Webb; counselling your patient for an HIV blood test, Sheila Moss et al; telling your patient he or she has multiple sclerosis, Helen L. Ford and Michael H. Johnson; telling your patient he or she has cancer, Dawn L. Alison; dealing with the difficult patient, Sam P. Smith; discussing the question of resuscitation with the patient and relatives, Kevin Stewart; telling relatives that a family member has died suddenly, Jonathan Marrow; asking relatives for a postmortem examination, Simon J. Sherwood and Roger D. Start.

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