2 The General Practice Consultation

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 2, The General Practice Consultation, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

The patient consultation is at the core of general practice. You need to understand the wider context of the meeting, recognise the importance of the individual GP’s style and skills, and demonstrate an ethical and reflective attitude to patient-centred care.

Good communication is essential to the establishment of open and honest relationships with patients, and in the development of the doctor-patient partnership.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Consultation skills - Consulting with the bereaved patient

Consultation skills - Consulting with the bereaved patient

It is important to identify any risk factors associated with abnormal grief reactions.

A registrar survival guide - Consulting with the 'worried well'

A registrar survival guide - Consulting with the 'worried well'

Consulting with the 'worried well' can be very challenging. The number of worried...

CSA troubleshooting: 5 - Consultations with more than one person
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CSA troubleshooting: 5 - Consultations with more than one person

Third-party consultations are a problem area for some CSA candidates.

CSA Troubleshooting: 6 - Healthcare professionals

CSA Troubleshooting: 6 - Healthcare professionals

An understanding of the roles of all primary care team members is vital, says Dr...

CSA troubleshooting: 7 - Home visits
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CSA troubleshooting: 7 - Home visits

Home visit cases in the CSA are a problem area for some candidates. By Dr MeiLing...

Telephone consultations: Advice for GPs

Telephone consultations: Advice for GPs

Are telephone consultations a safe alternative to face-to-face consultations? Alan...

GP consultation skills: The 10-minute consultation
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GP consultation skills: The 10-minute consultation

How GPs can structure their time in consultations to effectively meet patients' needs.

How to write a focused PDP
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How to write a focused PDP

Producing a good PDP will help with your appraisal, advises Professor Rodger Charlton.

Consulting Crimes - Management planning

Consulting Crimes - Management planning

In 15 years as a trainer and RCGP examiner, Bromley GP Dr James Heathcote has watched...

Consulting Crimes - Poor information gathering

Consulting Crimes - Poor information gathering

In 15 years as a trainer and RCGP examiner, Bromley GP Dr James Heathcote has watched...

A Registrar Survival Guide - dealing with latecomers

A Registrar Survival Guide - dealing with latecomers

Your surgery is running fairly smoothly, albeit you are 20 minutes behind. It appears...

Medico-legal - Patients' records after death

Medico-legal - Patients' records after death

Relatives often request details from GPs about deceased patients, says MPS adviser...

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