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The structure of clinical consultation: a case of non-native speakers of English as participants

Bagheri, H. and Ibrahim, Noor Aireen and Habil, Hadina (2015) The structure of clinical consultation: a case of non-native speakers of English as participants. Global Journal Of Health Science, 7 (1). pp. 249-260. ISSN 1913-9063

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/gjhs.v7n1p249


BACKGROUND: In many parts of the world, patients may find it difficult to visit doctors who share the same language and culture due to the intermingling of people and international recruitment of doctors among many other reasons. In these multilingual multicultural settings (MMSs), doctor-patient interactions face new communication challenges. This study aims to identify the structure of clinical consultation and its phases in an MMS where both doctors and patients are non-native speakers (NNSs) of English. METHOD: This study takes on a discourse analytic approach to examine the structure of clinical consultation as an activity type. 25 clinical consultation sessions between non-native speakers of English in a public healthcare centre in Malaysia were audio-recorded. FINDINGS & DISCUSSION: The results show that there are some deviations from the mainstream structure of clinical consultations although, in general, the pattern is compatible with previous studies. Deviations are particularly marked in the opening and closing phases of consultation. CONCLUSION: In almost all interactions, there is a straightforward manner of beginning medical consultations. The absence of greetings may have naturally reduced the length of talk. Hence, by directly entering medical talks, the doctors voice their concern on the curing aspects of the consultation rather than its caring facets. The preference of curing priority to caring is more goal-oriented and in alignment with the consultation as an activity type.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:adult, cultural anthropology, doctor patient relation
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Language Academy
ID Code:58998
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:04 Dec 2016 04:07
Last Modified:07 Mar 2017 06:17

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