Patients’ contributions to the consultation

  • Elizabeth J. Robinson


This chapter identifies some of the ways in which patients can contribute to their consultations with general practitioners, not simply by giving an account of the symptoms they wish the doctor to consider, but by presenting their ideas about the diagnosis, cause or treatment of their problem, and by commenting on or seeking clarification of information, instructions and advice offered by the doctor. The author considers what might be the causes and consequences of patients’ making or failing to make these kinds of contributions, and suggests possible ways of encouraging patients to make contributions which might help achieve the aims of the consultation.


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