Risk talk: rhetorical strategies in consultations on hormone replacement therap
2005 (English)In: Health, Risk and Society, ISSN 1369-8575, E-ISSN 1469-8331, Vol. 5, no 2, 139-154 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
When analysing risk discussions in medical settings it is important to consider the specific activity type. In this qualitative study 20 first-time consultations by healthy women regarding hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the menopause the risk discussion is asymmetrical with the doctors dominating. Despite being set up as a specific opportunity for women in the menopause to discuss problems and risks, it comes forth as a decision-making activity in a traditional medical setting. The consultations fulfil to a high extent the demands for informed decision making, but the risk discussions are recontextualised into a cost-benefit discourse with a typical implicit quantitative bias. The doctors use several different rhetorical strategies such as positive introduction of HRT, embedding drawbacks in positive introductions and/or exits thereby diminishing them. The word risk is avoided to a considerable extent and the term 'drawbacks' is used instead. The most obvious strategy is to move from the woman's symptoms to aspects of prevention, thus changing the discussion from the menopause and different strategies to cope with menopausal problems into a medically oriented discussion of pharmacological treatment alternatives. The 'change of life' in these talks is entirely conceptualised within a 'medical model'.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hants, UK: Carfax Publishing, 2005. Vol. 5, no 2, 139-154 p.
Risk, Communication, Menopause, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Physician-patient Relations
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13972DOI: 10.1080/1369857031000123920ISI: 000184127500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13972DiVA: diva2:22355