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Great Book! Provides techniques to talk to different kinds of patients. April 14 2011
By MRK - Published on
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It is much easier to learn the Krebs cycle than learning how to talk to patients.

This book is a great reference. It helps you structure your approach to different kinds of patient. From the ones, you think, are "great and compliant" patients but you cannot seem to get his/her blood pressure or blood sugars under control; to the ones you want to run away from whenever you see them on your schedule.
The book provides core principles on the the usual clinical scenarios, from obtaining a good history & physical, to providing a diagnosis, to discussing treatment options and following up on the treatment plans.

It also provides very difficult clinical scenarios, like dealing with an angry patient or giving a bad diagnosis, and even giving bad news to a family member.

You can easily master Bates' ;-) Learning how to understand and approach people in real life, clinical situations is not easy. The book provides basic knowledge, concrete tools/techniques to communicate with patients effectively.
Widely applicable, highly successful, broadly used teaching model Aug. 10 2015
By Joseph S. Weiner - Published on
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The three function model is a profound bedrock to provide footing for a medical communication course. It is simple at its most basic level and applicable to any discipline or subspecialty a young trainee would decide to pursue. Thus, it is widely applicable to medical school educators. At the same time, one can go into each of the three functions of a medical encounter as deeply as desired or as is necessary. This makes the model equally applicable to graduate and post graduate level educators and clinicians who want to advance their skills. As time is so precious in every patient interaction, so is the need to master the broad skills that can help us maximize our relationship with the patient, the elucidation of the issue at hand and the personalized approach that can educate, motivate, align the patient and family with the physician.

I have used this book to both advance my learning and my teaching of medical communication skills. The book serves as the basis for the four-year curriculum I co-direct in Interpersonal and Communication Skills at the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. Of note, the first graduating class of this medical school, while in their second year - a year highlighted by basic and clinical science - took a vote on the most influential concept they learned during their first two years of medical school. They decided that it was 'Function One - Build the Relationship with the Patient and Family.' There are few medical texts out there that can have such wide appeal and effectiveness.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to any medical educator who has a need to both learn and teach patient-physician communication.

Sincerely yours,
Joseph S. Weiner, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Medicine
Distinguished Teacher of the Year, First 100 Weeks
Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine
Since then I have recommended it to the medical students and residents that I ... July 23 2014
By Cindy - Published on
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As a physician, I repeatedly refer back to this book to review my commication skills, particularly for difficult patients. I first read this book in medical school after a mentor of mine introduced me to it. Since then I have recommended it to the medical students and residents that I precept.
Five Stars Sept. 13 2014
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Decent, but a bit Obvious... Jan. 13 2011
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I think this book was decent, but in my opinion it had a very "staged"/fake feel to some of the physician/patient dialogues/examples. Also, although it was minimul, there were definate disagreements with Bates'. In my opinion, you should just get Bates. But this is again a decent book for students.