A study of the therapeutic encounter in general practice
The focus of medical practice is often on treating individual diseases and although this has been helpful, this approach does not always provide for personal, comprehensive care. This can cause problems in general practice, where patients may have more than one condition, some of which have no cure and can last for a long time.
The therapeutic encounter involves interactions between healthcare professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses) and patients. The therapeutic encounter is a central factor in patient treatment and needs to be studied in detail to investigate a more comprehensive approach to care in general practice. In this study, a team from the University of Southampton are investigating how healthcare professionals might improve treatment through the therapeutic encounter by observing these interactions at the practice, and by speaking with healthcare professionals and patients.
Link to study website: The therapeutic encounter in general practice