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 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.”
• The body, mind and the role of the primary care practitioner
• Patients, stress, and the office visit
• Cognitive behavioral therapy and other practical therapeutic interventions
• Starting with the BATHE technique
• Rationale and techniques for fifteen-minute therapy
• Agenda for the fifteen-minute counseling session
• Therapeutic interventions for difficult patient situations
• Accenting the positive: putting an affirmative spin on the BATHE technique
• Handling special situations, staff, and assuring self-preservation
• 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