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Airing Pain 15: Effective Communication: Patients and professionals

Bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion for doc­tors and patients and how to make the most of med­ical appointments

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is fun­da­men­tal to the rela­tion­ship between patient and health­care pro­fes­sion­al. In this pro­gramme Air­ing Pain looks at this issue from both the patient and doctor’s point of view. Psy­chol­o­gist David Craig of Glas­gow com­ments on his com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills train­ing DVD for chron­ic pain pro­fes­sion­als. GP Mark Ritchie explains how depres­sion and chron­ic pain can be linked, and gives advice on how patients can pre­pare for med­ical con­sul­ta­tions, using the mem­o­ry aid: Ideas, Con­cerns, and Expec­ta­tions. And final­ly, we hear from a num­ber of patients about how they effec­tive­ly broke down any com­mu­ni­ca­tions bar­ri­ers with health pro­fes­sion­als in order to gain the most that they could from their consultations.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Com­mu­ni­cat­ing pain, depres­sion, med­ical con­sul­ta­tions, appoint­ment prepa­ra­tion, edu­cat­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, GPs, psy­chol­o­gy, anx­i­ety, lis­ten­ing to patients and ICE: ideas, con­cerns and expectations.


  • Dr David Craig, Chron­ic Pain Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Skills
  • Dr Mark Ritchie, Depres­sion and chron­ic pain
  • Mar­i­on Beat­son, Speak­ing to a psychologist
  • Ron Marsh, Rela­tion­ship with health professionals
  • Michael Mor­ri­son, Rela­tion­ship with health professionals.


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