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Overview

Emphasizing holistic philosophy, this important book encourages practitioners to surpass treatment based strictly on a one-dimensional, biomedical assessment of their patients. Among the topics covered are: conceptualizations of ill-health; consideration of the patient as an individual; the establishment of goals and cooperative strategy between physician and patient; and the realistic allocation of time, energy, and other resources of the health care provider.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Jane E. Corboy, MD (Baylor College of Medicine)
Description: This book is a concise description of a patient-centered model of patient-physician communication, written for clinicians, educators, and researchers. There are six key elements in the authors' model, each of which is illustrated by one or more clinical vignettes.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe and explore a model of physician-patient communication that emphasizes patients' needs rather than the traditional medical model. There is an emphasis on the theoretical basis of the model, for the purpose of education and research on patient-centered medicine. The authors clearly achieve the objective of describing and explaning of their model.
Audience: Written for primary care practitioners, it also addresses the needs of medical educators and academicians, by including sections on "Learning and Teaching" and "Research on Patient-Centered Communication." The authors are a team of well-respected researchers, educators, and clinicians in field of patient-physician communication.
Features: There are minimal illustrations, which are reasonably useful, but not crucial to the understanding of the content. The references include both historical and current research citations. The book is very readable with a clearly legible font, and the clinical vignettes clarify the concepts quite well.
Assessment: This is a useful book for medical educators and students of patient-physician communication skills. It could easily be used in a course on interviewing skills for medical students or residents. It would be less useful to active practitioners, although those who wish to improve their skills in this area would find this an interesting, enjoyable, and readable book.
Jane E. Corboy
This book is a concise description of a patient-centered model of patient-physician communication, written for clinicians, educators, and researchers. There are six key elements in the authors' model, each of which is illustrated by one or more clinical vignettes. The purpose is to describe and explore a model of physician-patient communication that emphasizes patients' needs rather than the traditional medical model. There is an emphasis on the theoretical basis of the model, for the purpose of education and research on patient-centered medicine. The authors clearly achieve the objective of describing and explaning of their model. Written for primary care practitioners, it also addresses the needs of medical educators and academicians, by including sections on Learning and Teaching and Research on Patient-Centered Communication. The authors are a team of well-respected researchers, educators, and clinicians in field of patient-physician communication. There are minimal illustrations, which are reasonably useful, but not crucial to the understanding of the content. The references include both historical and current research citations. The book is very readable with a clearly legible font, and the clinical vignettes clarify the concepts quite well. This is a useful book for medical educators and students of patient-physician communication skills. It could easily be used in a course on interviewing skills for medical students or residents. It would be less useful to active practitioners, although those who wish to improve their skills in this area would find this an interesting, enjoyable, and readable book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803956896
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Moira Stewart and W Wayne Weston
Why We Need a New Clinical Method - Ian R McWhinney
PART ONE: THE CONCEPTS
Overview of the Patient-Centered Clinical Method - W Wayne Weston and Judith Belle Brown
The First Component - Judith Belle Brown, W Wayne Weston and Moira Stewart
Exploring both the Disease and the Illness Experience
Being Understood: Case Illustrating Component 1 - Judith Belle Brown, W Wayne Weston and Moira Stewart
The Second Component - Judith Belle Brown and W Wayne Weston
Understanding the Whole Person
Lost Dreams: Case Illustrating Component 2 - Judith Belle Brown
The Third Component - Judith Belle Brown, W Wayne Weston and Moira Stewart
Finding Common Ground
Breaking the Habit is Hard to Do: Case Illustrating Component 3 - Martin J Bass and Judith Belle Brown
The Fourth Component - Carol L McWilliam and Thomas R Freeman
Incorporating Prevention and Health Promotion
"An Ounce of Prevention...A Pound of Cure": First Case Illustrating Component 4 - Thomas R Freeman, Moira Stewart and Judith Belle Brown
Choices and Chances - Whose Responsibility?: Second Case Illustrating Component 4 - Carol L McWilliam and Judith Belle Brown
The Fifth Component - Moira Stewart, Judith Belle Brown and Ian R McWhinney
Enhancing the Relationship
Control and Reassurance: Case Illustrating Component 5 - Moira Stewart, Judith Belle Brown and W Wayne Weston
The Sixth Component - Judith Belle Brown, Carol L McWilliam and W Wayne Weston
Being Realistic
"Show Me the Way to Go Home": Case Illustrating Component 6 - Carol L McWilliam, Judith Belle Brown and John Yaphe
PART TWO: LEARNING AND TEACHING
Teaching the Patient-Centered Method - W Wayne Weston and Judith Belle Brown
The Human Dimensions of Medical Education
Dealing with Common Difficulties in Learning and Teaching the Patient-Centered Method - W Wayne Weston and Judith Belle Brown
Teaching the Patient-Centered Method - W Wayne Weston and Judith Belle Brown
Instructional Methods
Teaching the Patient-Centered Method - W Wayne Weston and Judith Belle Brown
Practical Tips
The Case Report as a Teaching Tool for Patient-Centered Communication - Thomas R Freeman
PART THREE: RESEARCH ON PATIENT-CENTERED COMMUNICATION
Studies of Health Outcomes and Patient-Centered Communication - Moira Stewart
Methods of Scoring Patient-Centeredness - Moira Stewart
Qualitative Approaches that Illuminate Patient-Centered Care - Carol L McWilliam
Patient-Doctor Relationships over Time - Moira Stewart
Conclusion: Opportunities for the Future - Moira Stewart
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