The skills of general practice

A successful outcome to the medical consultation depends on a whole array of skills required by the general practitioner. Although interrelated, these skills, which can be collectively termed 'consulting skills', include clinical skills, diagnostic skills, management skills, communication skills, educative skills, therapeutic skills, manual skills and counselling skills.

Communication skills, which are fundamental to consulting skills, are the key to the effectiveness of the doctor as a professional, and expertise with these skills is fundamental to the doctor-patient relationship. Communication skill is essential in obtaining a good history and constitutes one of the cornerstones of therapy.

A skilled interviewer will succeed in transmitting his or her findings to the patient so that they are clearly understood, are not unduly disturbing, and inspire trust and confidence in the physician.

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