Routinization and sensitivity: Interaction in oncological follow-up consultations
2001 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1363-4593, E-ISSN 1461-7196, Vol. 5, no 2, 139-163 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
The empirical data of this study were gathered in the form of audio-taped recordings of dialogues between 21 patients, who had had operations for testicular cancer and three physicians during follow-up consultations. The aim is to inquire into how routine practices affect the goals of checking up the medical conditions and providing patients with reassurance, and how practices affect the treatment of sensitive topics and the patients’ possibilities of bringing up their own problems are affected. The results show that the routines built up by the medical care programme are used as recurrent opportunities for the parties to confirm that the situation is under control and as resources when they talk about the sensitive topics of sexuality and fertility. How the routinization affected the patients’ possibilities of bringing up their own problems cannot be fully determined. Of the 50 initiatives by patients to present their problems, only nine did so solely on their own initiative.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 5, no 2, 139-163 p.
doctor–patient interaction, oncological, routinization, sensitivity
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25488DOI: 10.1177/136345930100500201Local ID: 9934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-25488DiVA: diva2:245818