Smith's Patient-Centered Interviewing

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A comprehensive, evidence-based introduction to the principles and practices of patient communication in a clinical setting

Smith's Patient-Centered Interviewing, Fourth Edition is a comprehensive, evidence-based introduction to the principles and practices of patient communication in a clinical setting. This text presents a step-by-step methodology for mastering every aspect of the medical interview. Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing covers everything from patient-centered and clinician-centered interviewing skills, such as:

  • Patient education
  • Motivating for behavior change
  • Breaking bad news
  • Managing different personality styles
  • Increasing personal awareness in mindful practice
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Using computers in the exam room
  • Reporting and presenting evaluations

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Chapter 1
The Medical Interview
Chapter 2
Data-Gathering and Empathy Skills
Chapter 3
The Beginning of the Interview: Patient-Centered Interviewing
Chapter 4
Symptom-Defining Skills
Chapter 5
The Middle of the Interview: Clinician-Centered Interviewing
Chapter 6
Step 11: The End of the Interview
Chapter 7
Adapting the Interview to Different Situations and Other Practical issues
Chapter 8
The Clinician-Patient Relationship
Chapter 9
Summarizing and Presenting the Patient's Story
Chapter 10
Remaining Patient-Centered in the Digital Age

Appendices
Appendix A. Foreword to the First Edition
Appendix B. Research and Humanistic Rationale for Patient-Centered Interviewing
Appendix C. Feelings and Emotions
Appendix D. Complete Write-Up of Ms. Jones' Initial Evaluation
Appendix E. Mental Status Evaluation

Videos On Patient Centered Communication

The videos below aid learning and provide demonstrations of communication skills discussed in the textbook.

Building Efficiency and Effectiveness through Patient-Centered Interviewing 
by Auguste H. Fortin

Evidence-Based Patient Centered Communication Strategy 
by Sheira Schlair & Auguste Fortin

Patient-Centered Communication 
by Auguste H. Fortin

Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Approach 
by Robert C. Smith