Treatment recommendation in Vietnamese medical consultations

Nguyen, Huong Thi Linh and Austin, Gavin and Chau, Dung Duc (2018) Treatment recommendation in Vietnamese medical consultations. People: International Journal of Social Sciences, 3 (3). pp. 1010-1027. ISSN 2454-5899

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This study investigated the doctor’s recommendation of treatment to their adult patients in primary-care visits in the Vietnamese context. Data was gathered from 55 audio-recorded consultations at two public hospitals, and examined from a conversation-analytic perspective. We demonstrate that the participating doctors used two main approaches to treatment recommendation with their patients: general and detailed. In the latter case, the doctor recommended a treatment regime, sought the patient’s agreement, or offered choices regarding aspects of the treatment. Our overall contention is that, in the Vietnamese public hospital system, the doctor’s organisation of talk in the course of recommending treatment tends to be shaped by the institutional and cultural context in which it occurs, regardless of which type of treatment approach is being used.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International license.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 06:48
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 00:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: Treatment recommendation, doctor-patient communication, Vietnam, conversation analysis
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture > 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.20319/pijss.2018.33.10101027

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