Communication Strategies in Medical Settings

Challenging Situations and Practical Solutions

by Katalin Varga (Author)
©2015 Monographs 183 Pages


The purpose of this book is to demonstrate the power of suggestive techniques for solving medical problems. In everyday practice health professionals often face situations where they have to handle people in negative trance states. When that happens, patients are open to suggestive techniques. The author briefly describes more than 30 cases of agitated, unmotivated, tired, confused, mentally handicapped patients. To medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, mentalhygienists, midwifes, physiotherapists etc. in their own practice the book offers a description of a potent method to solve tensed medical situations, and a way to improve communicational skills.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Techniques Presented in the Review of Cases
  • The Fist
  • Knock-knock, Someone’s Tapping on Your Door
  • Thrombosis
  • Truck
  • Nothing Yet
  • Thirsty Earth
  • Let’s Drop the Formal Stuff
  • The Right Side
  • Streptococcus
  • Maybe We’ll Meet Again…
  • Old Lady With a Bunch of Flowers
  • Femoral Fracture
  • Dental Plaque
  • Blood for Sale
  • Flyboy
  • Next to Me…
  • “Fucking machine”
  • Forest
  • Looking for My Money…
  • Brain Tumour
  • Shower
  • Scrubbing
  • Diabetes
  • After Trying to Commit Suicide …
  • Charlatans
  • The Tooth Fairy
  • Pressure Bandage
  • The Rose
  • Stuck
  • Adenosine
  • Tractor
  • Medication
  • Stroke
  • Brave Man
  • Describers of the Cases
  • Acknowledgement


This book presents cases where establishing initial rapport was delayed, disturbed or was complicated by a special circumstance: the patients were agitated, hostile, demanding or just not in control of their consciousness.

Appropriate communication strategies can be applied successfully to solve such situations / cases.

Each and every case presented in this volume with its review is real and happened in everyday medical practice. Most of them have already been published. The cases were subsequently recorded in writing, so certain details might be altered along with the distortion of memory. However, since all colleagues are trained professionals of suggestive communication, they are more likely to remember the consciously formulated phases than average.

Readers will see that there is no generally applicable recipe for such cases.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2015 (July)
relatives suggestions medical communication patients practice health professionals
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2015. 183 pp.

Biographical notes

Katalin Varga (Author)

Katalin Varga is senior lecturer at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, head of the Department of Affective Psychology, President of the Hungarian Association of Hypnosis and BoD member of the International Society of Hypnosis. As a member of the «Budapest hypnosis research laboratory» she is investigating hypnosis in an interactional framework.


Title: Communication Strategies in Medical Settings