Isaac Kleinman, MD
Kleinman I.; Introduction to Clinical Skills: A Patient-Centered Textbook. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:1139. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-12-199712150-00046
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(12):1139.
Mengel MB, Fields SA; eds. 494 pages. New York: Plenum; 1997. $59.50. ISBN 0306453509. Order phone 800-221-9369.
Field of medicine: Primary care.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Primary care practitioners and students.
Purpose: To provide an introductory text focusing on skills-beyond the routine diagnostic, treatment, and technical skills-that are useful in achieving optimal patient outcomes.
Content: The book is divided into four sections. The first provides an overview of the dominant biomedical approach, which is followed by a chapter that contrasts that approach with a more “patient-centered” or “systemic” approach. Traditional interviewing and examining skills and use of the laboratory are discussed in the second section. The third section concerns improving skills in decision making, patient education, counseling, and management of patients with chronic illness. The last section describes how to achieve a program for lifelong learning and develop skills for medical teaching, research, and the development of clinical guidelines.
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