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From The CriticsReviewer: Michelle Shasha(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive review of the rationale and strategies for improving communication between physicians and patients.
Purpose: As a medical psychologist, the author presents a detailed review of the psychological principles influencing the dialogue between healthcare professionals and patients with acute and chronic medical concerns.
Audience: The book is aimed at medical professionals and teachers.
Features: The text describes both theoretical and practical issues relevant to medical practice. Theoretical aspects addressed include perception, identity, and problem solving strategies common among physicians and patients. This background provides the reader with greater depth in understanding the mechanisms underlying stress and coping in patients and practitioners. These descriptions, though informative, at times are confusing and complicate the straightforward concepts addressed in the text. Clinical examples from a variety of settings are provided and integrated with the theory earlier introduced. The author emphasizes the importance of careful listening to and questioning of patient perspectives in reducing the stress and trauma associated with illness.
Assessment: The practical and concrete aspects of the text are most helpful in understanding the considerable influence which healthcare professionals have. The extensive theoretical detail presented is most appropriate for teachers or others interested in such background. The clinical scenarios provided, however, offer insight and clarification of a tenet of medicine relevant to students and practitioners alike.