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When doctors and patients talk: making sense of the consultation

 

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When doctors and patients talk: making sense of the consultation

This report explores the main form of interaction between a patient and a clinician – the consultation.

It uncovers the anxieties that both parties may feel, with doctors and patients each having their own concerns.

The report offers a powerful analysis of the current relationship, identifying the mutual fears that drive doctors and patients and the invisible structures that are natural to the doctor but hidden from the patient. It also describes the potential for a more nuanced model for the consultation.