Make your consultations as effective as possible

A quick search of the top GP education articles for 2010 showed that our online readers have a particular interest in improving their consultation skills.

A fundamental part of general practice, good consultation and communication skills do not always come naturally. Over the last year, GP has provided a number of articles to help you make sure that your consultations are as effective as possible.  

Consulting skills articles 2010

Discussing pregnancy termination
The role of the GP is to listen to the patients' wishes and not pass judgment, says Dr Lynda Carter.
Working with physiotherapists
GPs should have a thorough understanding of local physiotherapy services.
Encourage healthy behaviour
Beware of making assumptions about patients' understanding about their health, says Dr Lizzie Croton.
Consulting with family members
Being a 'family doctor' is now a rarity, but family consultations remain a daily event. By Dr Peter Tate
Consulting with elderly patients
It is vital that GPs feel confident when dealing with this group of patients, explains Dr Anna Cumisky.
Assessing fitness to work
Encouraging an early return to work can improve a patient's physical well-being.
Talking about sexual health
Tried and tested methods make raising the topic of sexual health less daunting.
The impact of end-of-life care
GPs can find caring for palliative care patients both challenging and rewarding, says Dr Murray Fletcher.

GP also teamed up with consultation skills guru, Dr Peter Tate to develop the DVD Effective consulting: The five key tasks.

In this educational DVD we present a series of patient-doctor scenarios filmed using professional actors to demonstrate the five key tasks that need to be tackled to achieve an effective consultation.

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