A Textbook of General Practice, 2nd edition by Anne Stephenson

By Anne Stephenson

Aimed toward scientific scholars and primary 12 months citizens, A Textbook of common perform accommodates the basic info scholar must recognize and comprehend approximately common perform and being a doctor. the educational sort of the publication is predicated on experiential and reflective ideas according to glossy educative thought and perform. It offers assistance on useful talents, the idea of offering solid drugs and the bigger issues of encouraging existence lengthy studying improvement. the recent variation builds at the profitable formulation of the 1st, via completely reviewing and revisiting all content material. Self-assessment sections were extra to all chapters and a thesaurus of phrases is integrated on the finish of the booklet. Thinking/discussion issues were prolonged and extra scholar rates integrated.

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Understanding what happens in a consultation is the key to understanding the role of the GP. To focus on the consultation is a valuable and manageable task from which further exploration of primary care medicine can follow. 17 ❚ the GENERAL PRACTIce CONSULTATION The general practice consultation has a set of particular qualities that set it apart from other types of consultation. ■ The patient makes the decision to consult with the GP. This is an important difference from, for example, the hospital-based consultation, in which patient contact is generally initiated by referral from another doctor.

Mr D had also recently started an exciting new job and did not want to have to take time off. It was important for the GP first to connect in some way with Mr D, as this was a first meeting and the patient was obviously worried about his condition and needed to trust that the GP was competent and had his best interests at heart. The patient talked a little about his new job and the good relationship that he had with the surgery and his usual doctor. The GP told him about other work that he was involved in at the hospital and how much time he spent doing sessions at the surgery.

129. Reproduced by kind permission from Kluwer Academic Publishers. Copyright 1984 John Fry, David Brooks and Ian McColl. What do people do when they feel unwell? ❚ signs, although there is great variation amongst individuals; symptoms perceived as serious are more likely to be brought to the attention of a healthcare professional; ■ the costs of health-seeking behaviour: possible costs include the inconvenience of attending surgery, a potential lack of sympathy from the doctor and the financial cost of a prescription; ■ the benefits of health-seeking behaviour: possible benefits include obtaining therapy to cure symptoms and legitimization of an illness by obtaining a sick certificate.

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