Clinical Communication in Medicine
The target audience for this book is doctors, and those involved in medical training and research. That aside, the book offers many elements that would be useful to nurses and nurse educators.
For example, the chapters that highlight models of communication and the section on models of learning are both illuminating and thought provoking.
Reading this as a nurse, it was at times challenging to see beyond the frequent reference to doctors, and I had to keep reflecting on how this relates to nursing practice. Aside from this, the book is easy to read and is structured well.
There is extensive referencing throughout, which provides sound evidence and would be particularly useful for nurses studying at degree level.
End of life care
The chapter covering end of life care is relatively scant in content and would benefit from more detail.
This book would be a useful addition to nursing libraries, and certainly should be one of the core texts for medical training.
It was refreshing that the text covered the importance of doctors seeing their patients as people, and the benefit of communication with the whole family – all equally pertinent to the nursing profession.
Overall, the book provides a comprehensive and rich overview of the history, models and evidence base that form the foundations of effective clinical communication.
Jo Brown, Lorraine M Noble, Alexia Papageorgiou, Jane Kidd | Wiley Blackwell | 280pp | £34.99 | ISBN: 9781118728246
Reviewed by Eleanor Sherwen, patient experience and quality manager, NHS England, Midlands and East