Ann C. Klassen, PhD
Klassen AC. Claiming Power in Doctor-Patient Talk. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:920. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-129-11_Part_1-199812010-00029
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(11_Part_1):920.
Claiming Power in Doctor-Patient Talk; Ainsworth-Vaughn N. 224 pages. New York: Oxford Univ Pr; 1998. $45.00. ISBN 0195096061. Order phone 800-451-7556.
Field of medicine: Sociolinguistics and medical sociology.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Medical sociologists, ethicists, medical students and educators, and researchers in patient-health care provider communications.
Purpose: To explore the content and socioemotional impact of patient–physician conversation and apply theories of sociolinguistics to medical encounters. The book also illustrates techniques of physician conversation style that are most conducive to patient satisfaction.
Content: The book's eight chapters are grouped into four parts. The author first reviews existing research in analysis of the patient–physician discourse, discussing theories and methods. The second section explores quantitative analyses of communication, such as analysis of the number of questions asked during an encounter and the role of gender in discourse control. The third section examines more qualitative aspects of patient–physician conversation and the roles of questioning and story telling in the medical encounter. Sections 2 and 3 contain examples from the author's research. Finally, the author summarizes her research and makes recommendations for physicians to maximize patient control of the medical encounter. The author's research focuses on patients with debilitating chronic illnesses, such as cancer, and she discusses her own experiences with chronic disease.
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