chapter  3
28 Pages


ByPeter Worrall, Adrian French, Les Ashton

Fingerprints using the Consultation Expertise Model provide an interpretation of single or multiple family doctor cases. The Consultation Expertise Model uses two visual components in the recording of consultations: the eight-domain fingerprint and the four-bar Impression Graph. Fingerprinting is a form of marking. It is a technique integrally associated with the Consultation Expertise Model and made technically possible early in the project development because the domains were designed on a circular basis. The purpose of fingerprinting is to assist development of family doctor consulting skill, stage by stage, in known contexts. It is customary to complete the Impression Graph before going on to fingerprinting domains. The Impression Graph allows consideration of the 'fluency' of a particular consultation. Fluency does not necessarily equate to a quicker consultation, as a large part of the fluency is provided by the consulter intuitively following the patient's lead within the consultation.