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A is for aphorism - the power of silence.

Abstract:
'All you have to do is listen' is the title of Rob Kapilow's delightful book on classical music; but he could equally have been talking about general practice consultations. Listening requires several skills including attention, echoing and body language, but begins with silence. Well timed silences, used judiciously, can allow the patient adequate space to express symptoms and concerns, while allowing the general practitioner more time for attention, comprehension and synthesis.

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Kreijkamp-Kaspers, S More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Primary Care Health Sciences, PHC-CTU
Journal:
Australian family physician
Volume:
41
Issue:
11
Pages:
909
Publication date:
2012-11-05
ISSN:
0300-8495
URN:
uuid:95ac41ef-5a70-47f3-845e-d58659e3c641
Source identifiers:
363884
Local pid:
pubs:363884

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