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The discursive construction of competence and responsibility in medical collegial talk

Atkinson, Paul Anthony 2004. The discursive construction of competence and responsibility in medical collegial talk. Communication and Medicine 1 (1) , pp. 13-23. 10.1515/come.2004.001

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The paper explores the construction of clinical competence in the spoken discourse of physicians. The analysis is derived from transcribed recordings of physicians' talk in the specialty of Haematology in an American teaching hospital. It is argued that current discussions of 'competence' among medical sociologists and anthropologists are not adequately based in the direct observation and recording of physicians' professional, collegial interactions. It is argued that physicians' constructions of case narratives and presentations inscribes the evaluations of the responsibility and competence of other physicians, through the representation of their agency and character in the course of accounts of cases. The paper thus addresses the naturally occurring use of 'evidence' in a clinical setting, and is an invitation to more naturalistic studies of 'evidence-based medicine'.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medical knowledge ; Medical discourse ; Professional competence
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISSN: 1612-1783
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:49

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