Professor Rose McCabe

Published on: 15 September 2015

Studying the verbal and non-verbal communication between patients and their doctors will benefit how people respond to treatment and improve training for doctors.

Using 3D motion capture technology and micro-analysis of the communication which takes place in the consultation room, Professor Rose McCabe analyses what is said and how it is said.

Professor McCabe is a Professor of Clinical Communication in the University of Exeter Medical School; her work looks at effective communication in mental health care and the involvement of patients with dementia in their treatment. How family and friends are involved in consultations is also an important part of this work.

The Shared decision making in dementia (ShareD) project explores how people with dementia, and their carers are involved in the decision making regarding their future care; by filming these consultations, this research will help improve the training for healthcare professionals. The ShareD project is funded by NIHR and works closely with Alzheimer’s Society.

Improving communication between doctors and patients and involving people more in their treatment has benefits for conditions where communication is affected such as dementia, schizophrenia and, psychosis.

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