English for Medical Purposes:Doctors
The language needed by overseas doctors to communicate in English to patients and colleagues in a healthcare environment. Includes patient interview,examining patient, discussing treatment,talking about tests and procedures.
Doctors need to ensure that they can communicate well with their patients so that a safe healthcare environment and optimum treatment is provided. Excellence in verbal and non-verbal communication is essential as well as an appreciation of the cultural factors which influence recovery from illness.
Most English-speaking countries test the language skills of incoming Healthcare Professionals before allowing registration on a professional roll. As well as the registration requirement of adequate language competency, there is an expectation under the Code of Practice and the Code of Ethics that doctors are able to communicate well in English with patients and colleagues so misunderstandings regarding treatment, which may have dangerous results, are avoided.
English for Medical Purposes: Doctors' is a communication-focussed course book for private study or use in the classroom. The book presents authentic scenarios between doctor and patient which allow for practice of the sort of conversations doctors are likely to have in the hospital environment. Topics covered include naming parts of the body, introducing yourself to a patient, starting the patient interview, talking to a patient about the current complaint, discussing vital signs, examining a patient, talking about pain level, talking about tests, discussing a diagnosis, discussing surgery options, talking about wounds,allergies and infections and discussing treatment with a patient.