I teach my registrars to be aware how a consultation is making them feel: that can give valuable clues to the patient’s own emotional state.
One of the most unfortunate consequences of this constant revising of recommendations is the belief that no one knows what a good diet is. But look at the bigger picture and the consensus holds steady over time.
We are drawn to some types of information over others, our past experiences shape our present-day judgements and our emotional and physical states affect the choices we make.
Greater understanding of the genetic causes of illness suggests that this method of categorisation might not be the most accurate.
A recent study is the first study to demonstrate that 'virtual humans' could help patients overcome psychological barriers to honesty in medical interviews especially for sensitive, personal and highly stigmatized topics - these findings could prevent potentially serious consequences for the patient’s health, such as incorrect diagnosis.
In light of the news that new cancer medications won’t be made available to NHS patients, it’s worth exploring the difficulties of drug commissioning.
It is clear that the NHS and the rise of scientific medicine in the west count among the greatest achievements of the postwar years. But can doctors really be the providers of all our goods?
The “matchbox sign” describes the tendency of a particular sort of patient to bring spurious evidence in a small container to show the doctor.
When it comes to public health, we're often afraid of the wrong things - and this can have truly nasty side-effects.
The Labour party says it would make savings in the NHS through joined-up services; what does this tell us about its approach to health policy in austere times?
Contrary to popular opinion, practicing a musical instrument or a sport for thousands of hours isn’t enough to produce a Mozart or a Maradona – though it still helps.
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