Title

(Re)considering Context in Patient-Doctor Relationships

Publication Title

Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education

Publication Date

Fall 2000

Document Type

Article

Keywords

patient-doctor relationships, communication, postcolonialism, standpoint theory, education, medical

Disciplines

Medicine and Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medicine and Health Sciences | Sociology

Abstract

"Communication between doctor and patient has some important special features. Most of these can be summed up in one word: context."1 When patients tell their stories, context is everything. And yet the research shows that when listening to their patients doctors often neglect context. So, how do we get physicians to attend better to context? Drawing on the insights of standpoint and post colonial theory, we provide three useful exercises medical educators can use to help physicians rethink how they listen to and talk with patients, sufficient to bring back context.

Publisher

Springer

Publisher Location

New York, NY


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