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Controlling the length of a consultation

Controlling the length of a consultation

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Time to Complete

0.5 hours


January 11, 2018


January 26, 2018

Programme Description

Dr Mona Kular advises on the factors affecting consultation time that are within your control. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include managing time effectively, keeping patients informed and dealing with multiple problems. This consultation skills module includes a case scenario to work through.

This article first appeared on GPonline and has been reviewed in January 2018.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article the healthcare professional will be better able to:
  • Be aware of factors that increase the length of the consultation
  • Manage patient expectations about consultation length
  • Prioritise when a patient presents with multiple problems
  • Indicate to patients when a consultation is over
  • Authors

    Activity author
    Dr Mona Kular
    Locum GP

    Test author
    MIMS Learning editor

    Scenario author
    Dr Tasneem Kapasi


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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