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The doctor–patient relationship: an analysis of framing in general practice

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posted on 20.02.2018, 11:33 by David J. Johnson
Utilizing a research technique involving semi-structured interviews and video-recordings of doctor patient consultations within British general practice, an empirically based 'ideal type' is created. This ideal type is seen to rest upon questionable assumptions, and although actors have expectations for behaviour which are consistent with the ideal type, deeper analysis of patient expectations shows them to be aware of the inapplicability of the ideal type in certain consultations. From this perspective one would expect change to be occurring. However using the concept of frames, a detailed analysis of the interaction between doctor and patient illustrates the social constraints and power structure of the consultation as playing a significant role in the maintenance of the status quo.



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A doctoral thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.