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Eur Psychiatry. 2011 Oct;26(7):403-7. doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2010.07.010. Epub 2011 May 14.

Good communication in psychiatry--a conceptual review.

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Queen Mary University of London, Newham Centre for Mental Health, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, London E13 8SP, UK. S.Priebe@qmul.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The communication between clinician and patient is the basis of psychiatric treatment. However, there has been little practical attention to training in it, and no specific theory of what constitutes good communication in psychiatry has been developed. This review aims to identify principles that guide good communication.

METHODS:

A conceptual review of guiding principles for how clinicians should communicate with patients to achieve clinical objectives in psychiatry.

RESULTS:

Five guiding principles for clinicians were identified: a focus on the patient's concerns; positive regard and personal respect; appropriate involvement of patients in decision making; genuineness with a personal touch; and the use of a psychological treatment model.

CONCLUSIONS:

The principles are mostly generic, but their implementation can be particularly challenging in psychiatry. They may guide further empirical research on effective communication in psychiatry and be utilised using different personal skills of clinicians.

PMID:
21571504
DOI:
10.1016/j.eurpsy.2010.07.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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