Consulting skills

The essential unit of medical practice is the occasion when in the intimacy of the consulting room the person who is ill or believes himself (or herself) to be ill, seeks the advice of a doctor whom he (she) trusts. This is the consultation and all else in the practice of medicine derives from it.

Sir James Spence 1960

The consultation is a formalised interaction between doctor and patient in settings that may vary from a clearly defined task such as suturing a simple wound to the complexities of vague undifferentiated illness with profound psychological issues.

The objectives of the consultation are to:

• determine the exact reason for the presentation

• achieve a good therapeutic outcome for the patient

• develop a strong doctor-patient relationship

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