The Art of General PracticeSoft skills to survive and thrive
By David Bartlett
Apr 2018 , 126 pp
Aug 2018 , 126 pp
"This little book is well written and has a pleasant,
The first part of the book covers what [the author] calls the
soft skills, but what could be called the social skills required to make the
consultation work most successfully
This section might be ideal for a trainer
with a trainee facing clinical skills assessment.
The second part of the book tries to encourage and enable the career GP to look after themselves. Again, well written, it is full of useful advice . To sum up, a short book from which every GP might learn something." Br J Gen Pract, February 2019
At times nostalgic, but frequently emotional and so positive, this book is an easy-access antidote to the calls for resilience and the anti-patient rhetoric that seems to appear all too commonly on social media, and is a well-timed reminder of why we do the job we do and how to do it effectively. Pulse, June 2018The Art of General Practice is a short text written by an experienced GP and GP trainer. It is a book which will help focus the mind of the reader (GPs of all descriptions: young GPs, returners to general practice and even jaded GPs) on what it means to be a GP. Too often general practice focuses on guidelines, ever-changing targets, incentives or the academic side of medicine and the art and craft of being a GP is forgotten.
The book aims to redress the balance; it helps the reader refocus on the emotional intelligence needed to be a great GP. The book consists of a number of short chapters so the busy GP can dip in and out of it as time allows each chapter helps the reader re-centre on the core skills and techniques needed to be a great GP, and the benefits these skills will bring to both GPs and patients alike.
There is almost no medicine in this book; it is a book of life experiences, anecdotes and suggestions all aimed to help you survive the increasing pressures of general practice and make your life as a GP more interesting and less stressful.
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