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Beyond 'doctor and patient': developments in the study of healthcare interactions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19843267     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three decades of conversation analytic investigations of medical interaction have produced a rich collection of findings of sociological interest, from a diverse array of encounters. This paper briefly outlines the development of this field to provide a context for the special issue. The paper discusses how studies of doctor-patient interaction have revealed the ways in which participants organise the medical visit to accomplish tasks such as diagnosing and recommending treatment for illness, and how doctors and patients address various interactional issues and dilemmas that arise as they undertake these tasks. It then highlights a growing number of CA studies that explore medical settings and activities beyond the doctor-patient encounter. In doing so, it charts the distinctive interactional practices that emerge, for example, where participants are engaging in hands-on treatment, medical practitioners are interacting with one another, or various technologies are employed during the encounter. Finally, papers in this special issue are introduced and shown to build upon this latter tradition. The papers address distinctive practical problems and institutional dilemmas that arise in healthcare encounters and medical settings beyond dyadic doctor-patient interaction, with a focus on the participants' orientations to policy, their distinctive modes of participation, and the use of technology.
Alison Pilnick; Jon Hindmarsh; Virginia Teas Gill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sociology of health & illness     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1467-9566     ISO Abbreviation:  Sociol Health Illn     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-21     Completed Date:  2009-12-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8205036     Medline TA:  Sociol Health Illn     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  787-802     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham.
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MeSH Terms
Education, Medical / methods*
Interpersonal Relations
Interviews as Topic
Patient Participation
Physician-Patient Relations*
Research Design

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