Objective To compare the use of some of the characteristics of male and female language by male and female primary care practitioners during consultations.
Design Doctors'use of the language of dominance and support was explored by using concordancing software.
Three areas were examined :
mean number of words per consultation ;
relative frequency of question tags ;
and use of mitigated directives.
The analysis of language associated with cooperative talk examines relevant words or phrases and their immediate context Subjects 26 male and 14 female doctors in general practice, in a total of 373 consecutive consultations.
Setting West Midlands.
Results Doctors spoke significantly more words than patients, but the number of words spoken by male and female doctors did not differ significantly.
Question tags were used far more frequently by doctors (P<0.001) than by patients or companions.
Frequency of use was similar in male and female doctors, and the speech styles in consultation were similar.
Conclusions These data show that male and female doctors use a speech style which is not gender specific, contrary to findings elsewhere ; doctors consulted in an overtly non-directive, negotiated style, which is realised through suggestions and affective comments.
This mode of communication is the core teaching of communication skills courses.
These results suggest that men have more to learn to achieve competence as professional communicators.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin, Médecine générale, Soin santé primaire, Consultation, Relation médecin malade, Analyse langage, Sexe, Homme, Mâle, Femelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Physician, Internal medicine, Primary health care, Consultation, Physician patient relation, Language analysis, Sex, Human, Male, Female
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0159656
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 16/11/1999.