Course for docs for delicate communication

The director of the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (QCIDD) said doctors needed to examine their attitudes and learn how to relate.

Some doctors could react with “therapeutic nihilism” — simply giving up when confronted with a non-communicative case — or might fail to win trust because of their language or tone of voice.

“It’s like sexism. Sometimes we don’t know we’re doing it,” said Professor Lennox, who has focused on this vulnerable patient group for 22 years.

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