Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


8 May 2019

Marco Pino & Ruth Parry - Life expectancy talk between doctors and terminally ill patients – relating interactional details to larger debates about patient-led healthcare

Presented By DARG
  • 13:00-14:30 15:00-16:30
  • B1.14 Brockington Building

About this event

In the context of healthcare interactions, we are developing an analysis aiming to show interactional consequences/difficulties relevant to ‘patient empowerment’ initiatives and ideologies, which advocate encouraging patients to ‘take the lead’ in determining what is discussed within that interaction.

To do so, we are examining interactional difficulties that arise when a patient has hinted at, alluded to difficult end of life issues and the doctor then encourages them to go more ‘on the record’ with raising these issues; and thereby to take more responsibility in initiating end of life talk. We will bring episodes where (1) a patient rather equivocally raises illness deterioration; it is equivocal whether they are requesting information on their life expectancy; (2) the doctor then encourages the patient to go more on the record with their request.

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