Communication in Surgical Practice - Sarah J. White

Communication in Surgical Practice - Sarah J. White

Chapter 2 The Referred Consultation

Communication in Surgical Practice - Sarah J. White

Sarah J. White [+-]
Macquarie University
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Sarah J White is a linguist and qualitative health researcher. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.
Maria Stubbe
University of Otago
Lindsay MacDonald
University of Otago
Tony Dowell
University of Otago
Kevin Dew
Victoria University of Wellington
Rod Gardner [+-]
Griffith University
Associate Professor Griffith Institute for Educational Research


Numerous descriptions of the overall structure of doctor-patient consultations have shown that the structure consists of an interactional project based on a series of interdependent activities. This chapter offers an empirical description of referred surgeon-patient consultations. Using Conversation analysis (CA), which has been successful in the research of communication in health care, we analyse video-recorded consultations, describing the series of interrelated activities that are put into play when a patient is referred to a surgical clinic. Through this analysis, we that while surgeon-patient consultations follow a similar overall structural organization to other areas of medical practice, participants orient to the relevance of the referral letter in a specific sequence at the beginning of initial (referred) surgeon-patient consultations.

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White, Sarah J. ; Stubbe, Maria; MacDonald, Lindsay; Dowell, Tony; Dew, Kevin; Gardner, Rod. Chapter 2 The Referred Consultation. Communication in Surgical Practice. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 9-34 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781790502. Date accessed: 15 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26403. Mar 2016

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