The patient-doctor consultation is at the heart of general practice. This book by an academic and practising GP and a communication skills medical educator explores the nature of the consultation in the twenty-first century. The important concepts of patient partnership and the involvement of patients in the decision-making process are discussed. The authors take an evidence-based approach to the consultation while recognising the advantages and disadvantages of evidence in this respect. The chapters include theory and practical advice about risk communication, learning with and from patients, improving and assessing consultation skills and the skills required for and the potential problems relating to electronic consultations. This book is mainly intended for practising GPs and those undergoing the new curriculum for general practice training. Other health professionals who interact with patients and anyone involved in medical education will also find it helpful.