The Talking Cure

December 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

A trip to the doctor is the start of a conversation that providesthe link between our everyday lives and the medical profession. Each day in the UK more than a million conversations take place between doctors and patients.2 When governments, policy makers and others talk about healthcare, these conversations often fade into the background. But conversations are the foundation for our health, with enormous potential impact. Health conversations can be narrow, starting with the assumption that medicine has all the answers and ending with a diagnosis. Or they can be something more a genuine exchange of values, interests and knowledge. These broader conversations, as we will see, are far more productive but harder to control. For healthcare, conversations and the information behind them matter. But with all the noise of healthcare reform, the small conversations that matter most have been drowned out.
This pamphlet takes conversations as its focus.

Resources

Information service for parents: evaluation report October 2018 The NHS ISP was launched in May 2012 to provide trusted, high-quality information to new and expectant parents.

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New Hospital2Home discharge pack to support care of older people October 2018 The Hospital 2 Home resource pack, designed to support older patients returning from hospital, has been...
MPS advises GP Registrars on Good Medical Records October 2018 The Medical Protection Society has published the latest issue of GP Registrar, its periodical containing topical...
RCGP TARGETs antibiotics prescribing October 2018 The RCGP has launched a toolkit containing new guidance for GPs and their patients on the appropriate prescription of...
Tackling obesity October 2018 A report on a Public Health England survey of 136 local authorities and directors of public health on their obesity...
Mental health: priorities for change October 2018 The document sets out 25 priorities for change. It details how changes in local service planning and delivery will make a...
Suicide prevention report October 2018 The Department of Health has issued the first annual report on the suicide prevention strategy for England. The annual...
Guidance: Know What To Do About Flu September 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released...
National Hip Fracture Database September 2018 It is estimated that there are 70,000 hip fractures a year in the UK[1] and this is only set to increase as the population...
Allergy Action Plans for Children September 2018 New national Allergy Action Plans have been developed by doctors in an effort to protect children at risk of...
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