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Letters Standing during consultations

The art of communication during consultations

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2303
  1. Marcel Olde Rikkert, geriatrician1
  1. 1Department of Geriatrics, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, 6500HB, Netherlands
  1. Marcel.OldeRikkert{at}

Rashid’s suggestion that consultations in primary care should be held standing up goes against basic communication skills, which require eye contact, full attention, and being at the same level.1

Other factors in the consultation interfere with good communication. Electronic patient records encourage doctors to sit behind the screen and to look at …

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