Tackling embarrassment
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Tackling embarrassment

Bob Price Lecturer in Distance Learning/Programme Director, MScNursing, RCN Institute

Aims and intended learning outcomes

This feature will assist you to explore the subject of embarrassment, as an issue that can undermine the effectiveness of healthcare consultation. It includes measures designed to help patients to discuss their concerns, within a supportive environment. After reading this article, you will be able to:

Summarise what embarrassment is and why it is significant in health care consultations

Identify reasons why clients may become embarrassed discussing their health status, and associated worries

Explore consultation techniques designed to assist clients to discuss their needs or problems in a frank and comfortable manner

Constructively evaluate your practice in order to identify ways in which your interpersonal approach to embarrassing situations might be improved

Primary Health Care. 11, 8, 41-48. doi: 10.7748/phc2001.