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Table 2 Task for interviewer

From: Role-play for medical students learning about communication: Guidelines for maximising benefits

• You are a medical student attached to a general practice.
• The GP is running a little late and has asked you to go and talk to the next patient.
• As well as finding out why the patient has come to the clinic today (and what the patient expects from the consultation), ask some questions about background information such as the patient's family (and personal) relationships and his/her occupation.
• It can also be helpful to identify the patient's worries or concerns about the visit.
• Take care to explore all the patient's difficulties early in the interview.