Using solution-focused communication to support patients
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Using solution-focused communication to support patients

Steve Smith Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
Dorothy Adam Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
Pamela Kirkpatrick Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen
Gillian McRobie Practice nurse, Forres Health Centre, Forres

Nurses want to help patients; it is one of their main roles and a key source of job satisfaction. However, finding the time despite low staffing levels and a heavy workload is a constant challenge. This article provides an overview of solution-focused communication -an approach valued by an increasing number of nurses because of its brevity and effectiveness in empowering patients to find the solutions that will help them to deal with their health challenges.

Nursing Standard. 25, 52,42-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.08.25.52.42.c8675

Correspondence

steve.smith@rgu.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review