Complexity in Healthcare and the Language of Consultation: Exploring the Other Side of Medicine

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Radcliffe, 2005 - Medical - 188 pages
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This book provides an important contribution to the new and growing field of 'narrative-based medicine'. It specifically addresses the largest area of medical activity primary care. It provides both a theoretical framework and practical skills for dealing with individual consultations family work clinical supervision and teamwork and offers a comprehensive approach to the whole range of work in primary care. Using a wide range of clinical examples it shows how professionals in primary care can help clarify patients' existing stories and elucidate new stories. It can be used as a training resource and includes exercises and summaries of key points to consider. It is based on and describes an established evaluated training method and is of immediate and significant practical use to readers. It is essential reading for general practitioners practice nurses and others in the primary care team psychologists family therapists counsellors and other professionals attached to primary care. GP trainers tutors and course organisers will find it a valuable educational tool. Professionals elsewhere in primary care such as pharmacists dentists and optometrists and academics in medical sociology and medical anthropology will also find it very useful.

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the three kinds of consultation
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What are we talking about?
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systems consultation
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Peter Tyrer is Professor of Community Psychiatry and Head of Department of Psychological Medicine, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine and has a specialist interest in Personality Disorders. In addition to his clinical and academic work he lectures widely in Europe and has run clinical trials on the use of benzodiazepines in depression with particular attention to patients with personality disorders. He is currently Editor of the "British Journal of Psychiatry," the most prestigious psychiatry journal in Europe.

Derek Steinberg is now retired after a career as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS.

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