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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: The theory of conversation with a patient.
Name of author(s): Józef Lipiec
Name of publisher: NOWA KRYTYKA
Language of the publication: Polish
Language of the review: English
The article describes the theory of conversation with a patient, ways of finding common ground. At first, the author mentions basic information about interpersonal communication, and then he goes to the specific issue, which is communication between a patient and a doctor. The language and atmosphere during such conversation is very important. Very often the same information can be conveyed in many various ways, which can change the reaction of an interlocutor. In spite of common conviction that during the visit the doctor should speak, the author reminds that the proper conversation consists of speaking and listening and this applies to everyone. According to the author, very often doctors use their power and talk in such way that a patient can feel humiliated. Situations like this cannot happen.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article is focused on the issue of finding common ground between a patient and a doctor. It is written by a philosopher, who describes all the problems which appear during the conversation doctor-patient. It is worth noticing, that in the chapter named ‘The theory and the problem of individual human being’ the author writes arguments for his considerations giving examples taken from real situations that took place in his surroundings. Very important is also author’s opinion about doctors treating patients as enemies, as people who are worse, less qualified, not even worth to talk to, which happens very often but is mentioned very rarely, because it is embarrassing for patients. Treating patient in that way will not help to build a good relationships between a doctor and a patient, which is probably the most important in the medical treatment.
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