The informative process in private medical consultations: A preliminary investigation

Boreham P. and Gibson D. (1978) The informative process in private medical consultations: A preliminary investigation. Social Science and Medicine. Part A Medical Psychology and Medical, 12 C: 409-416. doi:10.1016/0271-7123(78)90096-2


Author Boreham P.
Gibson D.
Title The informative process in private medical consultations: A preliminary investigation
Journal name Social Science and Medicine. Part A Medical Psychology and Medical   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0271-7123
Publication date 1978-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0271-7123(78)90096-2
Volume 12
Issue C
Start page 409
End page 416
Total pages 8
Subject 2002 Cultural Studies
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
3207 Social Psychology
3303 Development
3306 Health (social science)
Abstract The communication of information has assumed an increasingly important role in general practitioner consultations. This paper reports on a preliminary investigation of the informative elements of doctor-patient interaction. The research methods employed in this study provided for an examination of both patients' views and expectations about the provision of information concerning their illnesses as well as their behaviour toward seeking such information during their actual consultation. The major consideration which directed this research concerned the means by which information was gained and the influence of both patient and doctor on the communicative process. In particular, the study was concerned with the extent to which information was provided in response to active requests from patients or whether it was largely determined by what the doctor chose to proffer. Our interview data indicated that patients exhibited a surprising lack of knowledge concerning their illnesses even though they attached considerable importance to gaining such information. Moreover, our observations of the doctor-patient interviews revealed that patients-largely because of their own passivity-gained little additional information during the course of their consultation.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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