Arch Dis Child 91:367-370 doi:10.1136/adc.2005.073775
  • Review

Teaching and learning consultation skills for paediatric practice

  1. R J Howells1,
  2. H A Davies2,
  3. J D Silverman3
  1. 1University of Cambridge, Department of Paediatrics, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Postgraduate Medical Education Department, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr R J Howells
    University Department of Paediatrics, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK; rjh26{at}
  • Accepted 4 January 2006


Effective consultations with patients and their families are important for patient satisfaction, adherence to treatment, and recovery from illness. Communication problems among health professionals are common. Fortunately, the skills of effective communication can be taught and learned. This paper highlights evidence based approaches to teaching these skills with minimal resources.


  • Funding: the corresponding author’s fellowship is supported by the UK charity WellChild

  • Competing interests: none