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"Strongly recommended for physicians and especially for office, clinic, and hospital staff caregivers. Patient advocates (ombudsmen) should find the style and content appealing."
"[T]he authors suggest ways in which health care providers can improve skills in such areas as active listening, identifying and overcoming barriers to communication, dealing with conflicts with patients, and helping persons with terminal illnesses. The book is well organized and can be read quickly, and a busy professional can take away new ideas or expand on existing skills after a relatively small time investment. The book also includes a concise list of some of the best resources available for health care workers who want more training in communication skills. . . . [T]he book is an easy-to-read summary of an approach to communicating with patients. It can reinvigorate physicians who already believe that the physician-patient relationship is a powerful tool, and it can inspire those who seek more collaboration with patients."
Annals of Internal Medicine
"This is a useful book that will help healthcare practitioners at all levels sharpen their communication skills and, in doing so, encourage a trusting, collaborative relationship with the patient. The authors remind us that our primary goal in healthcare is to care for and comfort our patients."