Communicating with Patients: Advice for Medical Practitioners

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This document reflects these views. The practice of medicine entails more than just good communication, but good communication is essential to effective practice.


This document outlines communication issues that doctors need to consider when discussing treatment with patients. Issues covered include breaking bad news, cultural issues, how to communicate well and the consequences of poor communication. The publication is part of a set with its counterpart, General Guidelines for Medical Practitioners on Providing Information to Patients.

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