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MEDICAL EDUCATION
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74-77

Analogies in clinical practice: Seven steps in doctor-patient communication


Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Raviteja Innamuri
Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 002, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.IJHAS_101_19

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Some of the biggest challenges in clinical practice remain in understanding all aspects that affect the person presenting in ill-health. One of the challenges is in explaining medical concepts to patients. Analogies can be an effective tool of the therapeutic armamentarium. This article elucidates a theory of analogies, principles of effective analogies in clinical practice, steps in discussing analogies, examples, and implications in clinical practice.


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