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The Fifteen Minute Hour


Marian R. Stuart, Ph.D.
Nearly 33 years after the publication of the first edition, The Fifteen Minute Hour: Efficient and Effective Patient Centered Consultation Skills, Sixth Edition continues to support primary care practitioners in solving and often preventing many psychological and behavioral 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 Sixth Edition of The Fifteen Minute Hour is now available. Previous editions are available in Japanese and Korean translations.

Features of the new completely revised 6th Edition:

  • The introductory section of the book is completely rewritten for accessibility and immediately introduces the practical BATHE technique.
  • Includes brand new case material based on real-world consultations
  • Adds techniques for managing chronic conditions including pain
  • A renewed focus on wellness and health promotion and a strong focus on patient-centered care

"This is a highly valuable addition to and ancillary reading for a primary care practitioner's library. It is worthwhile reading to remind us why we became physicians." —Vincent F. Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP, in Doody’s Book Reviews

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

Marian R. Stuart, Ph.D, is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. "Retiring" after thirty years of teaching medical students, doctors in graduate training, faculty and practicing physicians the art of integrating mental and physical health practices, she continues as a consultant and lecturer as well as pursuing a private practice as a Licensed Psychologist in the Princeton area of New Jersey. Marian is in great demand as a speaker on medical education, communications and stress management skills, successful aging, and the power of forgiveness. She has presented in a variety of formats in most areas of the United States as well as in the UK, Canada, Denmark and Israel. She has written two books, The Fifteen Minute Hour and Coping with the Stressed-Out People in Your Life, which she co-authored with Ronald G. Nathan. Listed in Who's Who in America, Dr. Stuart is the recipient of the 1997 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Excellence in Education Award, and a charter member of the Stuart D. Cook, M.D. Master Educators Guild of UMDNJ. In 2002, the American Academy of Family Physicians made her an Honorary Member, an extraordinary achievement for a psychologist.

Joseph A. Lieberman III, MD MPH, is Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly known as Jefferson Medical College) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

Publishers Description:
The Fifteen Minute Hour remains an established support for primary care practitioners aiming to increase patient satisfaction without adding significantly to the length of a visit. This sixth edition emphasizes a patient-centered approach to help practitioners enhance the therapeutic relationship. With a renewed focus on wellness and health promotion, the book offers simple and effective techniques to solve or prevent psychological and behavioral problems manifested in the consultation. The Fifteen Minute Hour has become essential reading around the world, and this sixth edition is completely updated with new references substantiating the efficacy of the authors’ methods.

Table of Contents

  1. The BATHE Technique key to making your practice Patient Centered.
  2. Expanding the context of the Office Visit or Medical Consultation.
  3. Promoting Wellness and Managing Chronic Conditions.
  4. Small Interventions That Have Large Impact.
  5. Therapeutic Pearls for Brief Counseling Sessions.
  6. Structuring a Fifteen-Minute Counseling Session.
  7. Managing Difficult Patients: Their pain and yours.
  8. Accenting the Positive: Putting an Affirmative Spin on the BATHE Technique.
  9. How to Handle Special Situations, Staff, and Assure Self-Preservation.
  10. Wrapping Up – Integrating Treatments, Modifying Lifestyles, Getting Results.
Appendix A: Twelve Good Questions and Three Good Answers for All Seasons
Appendix B: Recommended Books for Patients

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