Child of our time: how childhood now lasts a lifetimeBMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2341 (Published 13 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2341
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
In general practice we study the so called consultation, and its various models. This causes much hilarity in other specialties: they say, “you can’t teach consultation skills.” This is true to an extent: if you are a plank of wood and you choose to smile, you are still a plank of wood. But the value is the opportunity to make us reflective.⇑
Transactional analysis is one such model of the consultation: it suggests that during interactions with people we adopt three potential roles—that of the parent, …
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