The new edition of this core text retains the same aim as its predecessors: to help students gain the maximum benefit from their period of exposure to general practice as part of their basic medical training. "Clinical Method" provides medical undergraduates with a guide to the underlying principles of clinical method and explains how to integrate these skills into clinical practice for the benefit of patients. Since publication of the second edition, there have been some major developments in 'Primary Care' which have affected both clinical practice and education. The increasing influence of evidence-based medicine is being felt, as are the recommendations for change in undergraduate medical education - which decreed that the acquisition of basic clinical method should be a priority. Although previous editions of this book did address these issues, this new edition has been structured and extended to reflect them even more.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of contributors; Setting the scene; The consultation; The diagnostic process; Patient management; The doctor-patient relationship; Doctor-patient communication; Anticipatory care; A systematic approach in the consultation to lifestyle modification: helping patients to stop smoking; Ethics in practice; Clinical problem-solving and patient management: some practical challenges; Assessing and enhancing consultation performance; Appendix: The detailed contribution of general practice to undergraduate medical education and to the attributes of the independent practitioner.