Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


3 April 2019

Rebecca Anderson & Steven Bloch - Disagreement during prognostic talk with relatives of patients in a hospice

Presented By DARG
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • B1.14 Brockington Building

About this event

The data for this session comes from a corpus of audio-recordings of conversations between experienced healthcare professionals and relatives of patients at the end-of-life. These conversations took place at the point when patients no longer had capacity to communicate and so it was the relatives with whom healthcare professionals needed to have conversations about prognosis and care. Previous analysis of other conversations in this corpus has shown a high level of co-operation between healthcare professionals and relatives during prognostic conversations. Relatives displayed acceptance following healthcare professionals’ prognostic statements that the patient was likely to die in the coming hours or days. In contrast, in the recording presented in this data session, the family members do not share the doctor’s stance that their mother is imminently dying. We are interested in how the relatives resist prognostic talk and how the doctor pursues this throughout the conversation.

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