Unless the patient is well known, clinicians should introduce themselves by name and explain their position and who thev work for. If appropriate, the patient's identity should he confirmed along with that of any accompanying person. The patient may wish to be accompanied during the interview. This can help allay anxiety, and may be necessary in some situations, such as memory impairment and language difficulties. At other times it may he counterproductive. The most advantageous time to involve a third party is during the discussion after the clinical examination, as this may improve the patient's subsequent Understanding of the information given b\ the doctor.
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