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Participation, information giving and decision making in different communication styles during medical consultations

Haron, Nurul Nadia (2014) Participation, information giving and decision making in different communication styles during medical consultations. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Language Academy.


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Patients‟ participation and doctor‟s information giving are two important components within medical consultations. Research has shown that both components are influenced by the communication style adopted by doctors during medical consultations. This will consequently affect the decision made at the end of the consultations. Therefore, this study aims to look at how communication style affects the three important inter-related components in clinical consultation which are patients‟ participation, information provision and decision making. Respondents for this study consist of patients and doctors at a Haematology Clinic in a government hospital in Malaysia. The data gathered for this study involves audio-recordings from authentic clinical consultations. This study adopts a discourse analytic approach based on the components of patient‟s participation for the first stage of analysis while the second stage analysis involves the Roter‟s Interaction Analysis System (RIAS). The findings suggest that there are two types of communication style used by the doctors during the consultations which are the directing and sharing consultation styles. The data analysis in the sharing consultation style showed higher patients' participation and higher information giving by the doctor, and these resulted in a more shared decision making at the end. The type of communication style used by the doctors can affect the outcome of the consultation. The findings of this study have important implications on appropriate consultation style and provide a guideline on improving communication during consultations at the Haematology Clinic.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Sarjana Falsafah) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2014; Supervisor : Dr. Noor Aireen Ibrahim
Uncontrolled Keywords:communication, medical consultations
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF637 Counseling
Divisions:Language Academy
ID Code:50706
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:15 Dec 2015 01:27
Last Modified:09 Jul 2020 01:01

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