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《Acta Universitatis Medicinalis Nanjing(Social Sciences)》 2014-06
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Medical discourses in the outpatient department:a comparison between school clinics and public municipal hospitals in China

Wei Minhui;Dong Jie;Wei Lei;Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University;Cardiothoracic Surgery of the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University;  
Medical discourse is a special type of discourse that occurs between the healer and the patient in medical situations. This paper examined the medical discourse under two different settings—school clinics and public municipal hospitals—between doctors and patients. By analyzing the language features of conversations recorded under each setting and making a comparison of them in the qualitative way—by studying three contextual cues, including minimal responses, turn-taking and stressed syllables, this paper came to the conclusion that though doctors under both settings still control a large proportion of the communication process,doctors in public municipal hospitals adopted a more patient-friendly way of communication.
【CateGory Index】: R197.323
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