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Doctors recognise they should listen to patients more and show compassion, says medical college
02 April 2014 @ 12:39

DOCTORS in Spain have admitted they need to listen more to their patients and give more information about treatment and procedures, as well as respecting the patient's decision in relation to these.

A 'good practice guide' presented by the Medical College Organisation (OMC) highlights the importance of 'effective and compassionate communication' with patients and 'listening attentively' to what they have to say, 'taking their opinions into account', and responding 'honestly' to their questions.

Head of the OMC, Dr Juan José Rodríguez Sendín says effective listening is not something that can be learnt through techniques, or be taught at medical school, but is a skill acquired on the job.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com



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