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The Fifteen Minute Hour


Marian R. Stuart, Ph.D.
Nearly 30 years after the first edition was published, The Fifteen Minute Hour: Therapeutic Talk in Primary Care continues to support primary care practitioners in solving and often preventing many psychological and behavioural problems while enhancing the therapeutic relationship with their patients. The simple and effective techniques are easily learned and designed to increase patient satisfaction without adding significantly to the length of a visit. The book has become necessary reading around the world. The Fifth Edition of The Fifteen Minute Hour is now available. A previous edition is available in a Japanese translation.

The Fifteen Minute Hour: Therapeutic Talk in Primary Care 5th Edition

Published by Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.: The Fifth edition is completely updated with new references substantiating the efficacy of our methods. New material focuses on findings regarding brain plasticity, gene expression and the epigenetic effects of constructively managing stress while also demonstrating the power of positive affirmation, mindfulness and exercise on enhancing health.

From a review of a previous edition in JAMA:
"This is a book that the primary care physician, resident or medical student will want to read to learn how to incorporate a more holistic approach to every patient they encounter. . . The Fifteen Minute Hour offers a useful technology in a concise little package; it can be read in a few hours, and the payoff for the time investment is substantial." Click here for more information about the new edition.

I would greatly appreciate it if those who read the Fifth Edition would be kind enough to leave an Amazon review. Also, please e-mail me with questions and comments.

Principal author Marian R. Stuart, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has presented internationally in areas of communications skills, mind-body medicine, geriatrics, family dynamics, stress management and medical education. An expert in group dynamics, she is an accomplished facilitator of retreats for professional groups. Additionally, she maintains a small private practice as a Licensed Psychologist in the Princeton, New Jersey, area.

Publishers Description:
By incorporating therapeutic talk into daily practice, family doctors can solve and often prevent many psychological and behavioural problems. The approaches described in this text are designed not only to enhance the therapeutic relationship, but also to make practice more productive and pleasurable. In particular, they can be applied in the context of a standard length consultation, rather than lengthy therapy sessions.

Developed over two decades and four editions, the overwhelming consensus is that the strategies described in this book work: patients respond, practitioners save time, and provider-patient relationships become richer. The techniques will certainly increase readers’ abilities to recognize and treat common emotional problems. The approach is pragmatic, flexible and easily learned, and it works!

‘The fact that this book has progressed to a fourth edition confirms the usefulness of these techniques to those of us in primary care. Although the basic concepts presented are similar to earlier editions, much new material has been added to make these principles and techniques more useful to the primary care health professional. This book is a valuable resource for primary care physicians and all health professionals involved in providing primary care to patients. It contains many simple and practical techniques that are useful in practice.’
Robert E Rakel MD in the Foreword to the 4th Edition

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