Intended for healthcare professionals

Views & Reviews Between the Lines

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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4098 (Published 28 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4098

Constructive Conversations

Conversations are defined by context and driven by purpose. The context of a
conversation is its background, which involves the past and present. The
purpose of a conversation is its goal, which involves the future. So when you're
having a conversation, try to ascertain its context (past and present) and
purpose (future). This will make your conversations more meaningful,
constructive, and satisfying.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

09 February 2010
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA