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Consultation and communication

Nigel P Stocks
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (2): 116.
Published online: 21 January 2008

Consulting is something that every doctor does. For most, it is performed without reflection and for many with only the patient (or a relative) observing. This is a pity because consulting has a rich theoretical framework, and every skill should be practised and refined to ensure it achieves the best outcomes for patients. It should also be an activity, when done well, which provides us with some intrinsic satisfaction.

  • Nigel P Stocks

  • Adelaide University, Adelaide, SA

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