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Communication: confidentiality, breaking bad news, and obtaining consent

Edited by Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, David I. M. Farquharson, Ash Monga, Aris T. Papageorghiou and Lesley Regan

in Oxford Desk Reference: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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ISBN: 9780199552214
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199552214.003.0003

Series: Oxford Desk Reference

Communication: confidentiality, breaking bad news, and obtaining consent

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Communication is a core clinical skill that constitutes a main ingredient in the complex physician–patient relationship. There is strong evidence that physician–patient communication is a good predictor of patient compliance, adherence to treatment, clinical outcomes and general patient satisfaction. There are three essential communication skills that are vital to a successful patient-centred consultation.

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Subjects: Communication Skills

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