Excellent communication skills are an essential part of any pain clinician’s toolkit
Patient centred care, with an emphasis on engagement of patients in decision making, consideration of patients’ beliefs and emotions, keeping patients informed and motivating patients to self-manage underpin the ethos of pain management.
The following resources aim to help provide the basis of learning excellent communications skills including coaching, mentoring and motivational interviewing. All resources are open access.
This document defines the standards to optimise specialist pain consultations. It also provides supplementary practical guidance to enhance the therapeutic value of the consultation.
COVID-19 has transformed the landscape in which pain doctors work. These guidelines provide support to all its Fellows and Members during these challenging times .
Learn how communication skills can help you reach a diagnosis, explain treatment, break bad news, and communicate with your peers.
This module explores ways of communicating more sensitively and effectively across your multi-cultural workplace.
Greater insight into the dynamics of your working relationships, will give you the confidence to fit into new teams quickly and be more adaptive to others in your workplace.
After completing this course, you should have the knowledge and confidence to know:
How to deal with irritable or confrontational patients
How to communicate uncertainty
How to get patient buy in to an action plan
How to deal with a patient who insists on a certain treatment that is not required
How to structure a successful patient consultation.
Resources collated by Dr Lorraine de Gray.
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