Medical Communication Skills and Law Made Easy

1st Edition

The Patient-Centred Approach


  • Tsong Kwong
  • Ann O'Brien
  • Qiang Kwong
  • Kate Hill
  • Joanne Haswell
    • Print ISBN 9780702030833
    • Electronic ISBN

    Key Features

    • Practical guidance on what to say to patients in common situations in the clinic and on the wards.
    • Includes legal guidance for all situations.
    • Example OSCEs provided to prepare for examinations.

    Table of Contents

    Section 1: The basics

    Introduction. The basics of medical interaction.Informed consent and adults with capacity.Informed consent and adults who lack capacity.Breaking bad news.

    Section 2: Special communication situations

    Patient confidentiality. Explaining results. Communicating with children. Communicating with other special patient groups. Explaining patient discharge (foundation year level). Dealing with potential self-discharging patients (foundation year level). Dealing with angry patients and relatives (foundation year level). Dealing with introspective patients (foundation year level). Dealing with poor adherence.

    Section 3: Achieving the patient-centred history

    General history taking. Cardiovascular history. Respiratory history. Gastrointestinal history.
    Genito-urinary history. Gynaecological and obstetric histories. Legal guidance on termination of pregnancy. Neurological history. Psychiatric history and mental health. Paediatric history. Pre-operation clinic.

    Section 4: HIV counselling

    HIV The basics. Social impact. Pre-HIV test counselling. Giving test results. Legal guidance – HIV and AIDS.

    Section 5: Explaining disease X

    Explaining disease. Explaining asthma. Explaining depression. Explaining angina. Explaining osteoarthritis. Explaining appendicitis (surgical case). Explaining cystic Fibrosis (genetic origin). Explaining type 1 diabetes. Explaining type 2 diabetes. Explaining hepatitis B. Explaining eczema. Explaining epilepsy. Explaining cancer.

    Section 6: Explaining drug Y

    Explaining drugs and medication.Explaining atenolol. Explaining statin therapy. Explaining SSRI drugs. Explaining asthma medication. Explaining aspirin. Explaining oral hypoglycaemics (metformin). Explaining combined oral contraceptive pill (OCP). Explaining warfarin. Explaining stero


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    Churchill Livingstone
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    About the editors

    Tsong Kwong

    Affiliations and Expertise

    FY2 Doctor, Homerton NHS Trust, London, UK

    Ann O'Brien

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Clinical Teaching Fellow, Academic Unit for Community-based Medical Education, Institute of Health Sciences Education, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK

    Qiang Kwong

    Affiliations and Expertise

    FY" Doctor, St Mary's Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK

    Kate Hill

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Solicitor, RadcliffesLeBrasseur; Managing Director, InPractice Training, London, UK

    Joanne Haswell

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Barrister; Director, InPractice Training, London, UK