The Power Of Listening

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By Naomi Whittingham in A Life Hidden.

 

In September 2016, I contributed to a training course for junior doctors at my local hospital.  The following was used as part of a seminar entitled “Patients and doctors as partners in learning”.  I used the term ME/CFS for this piece, as this is how ME is known within the NHS.

Introduction

As a doctor, and perhaps especially as a junior doctor, there will no doubt be occasions when you are overwhelmed by the demands placed upon you.  Times when you will feel powerless in the face of suffering and frustrated by the limitations of medicine.  What you might not realise – and could easily forget in your most difficult hours as a doctor – is that in every single encounter with a patient, you have the potential to transform their life.  

You can do this through something incredibly simple: by listening. 

Such a basic act may at first appear insignificant.  But today I invite you to consider that the ability to listen is one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal.   

 

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