Fillers A paper that changed my practice

Communication in the doctor-patient relationship

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.597 (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:597
  1. Selwyn Goodacre, general practitioner
  1. Swadlincote, Derbyshire

    In 1972 J P Recordon, a Cambridgeshire general practitioner, wrote an article on communication in general practice.1 The article arose out of a Balint group that he had been attending for three years under the leadership of Dr Marie Singer.

    Balint groups, organised along the lines suggested by Michael Balint,2 were all the rage in the early 1970s; some tended a little too much towards amateur psychoanalysis, but they certainly pioneered the examination of the nature of the consultation in general practice and analysed what subconscious undercurrents might be going …

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