Remote clinical consultations, often referred to as telemedicine or telehealth, have revolutionised the healthcare industry by enabling healthcare providers to deliver medical services to patients at a distance. This mode of healthcare delivery utilises technology, such as video calls, phone calls, and secure messaging platforms, to connect patients with healthcare professionals. Over the years, remote clinical consultations have gained widespread acceptance and have become an integral part of modern healthcare systems.
Effective communication has always been a cornerstone of the patient-physician relationship. Over the years, the communication models employed by General Practitioners (GPs) have evolved significantly, reflecting changes in medical knowledge, technology, and societal attitudes towards healthcare. This discussion explores the development of GP communication models from traditional paternalistic approaches to patient-centered and collaborative models, highlighting the impact on patient outcomes and satisfaction.
General practice in the United Kingdom has a long and fascinating history that spans over a millennium. It has evolved from a time when medical care was provided by itinerant healers and monks to the establishment of a formal, structured system of primary healthcare. The development of general practice is deeply intertwined with the broader social, political, and cultural changes in the UK.