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The long consultation

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Balint promoted the use of the 'long consultation' at a time when the average consultation took six minutes. He gave the patient an hour after surgery to explore the underlying psychosocial causes behind frequent attendances and repeated failures to resolve a problem

A single long session can give insights to the doctor and enough support to the patient to lead to a new rapport and often a resolution of the problem

M Balint The Doctor, His Patient and The Illness 1957

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