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Book: Communication and Professional Relationships in Healthcare Practice

Chapter: 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Discourse within the crucial site of health assessment 7.3 ‘Interviewing’ and ‘just talking’ 7.4 The use of metaphor 7.5 Summary 

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.20471


This chapter shows that at a given site of engagement, a high level of communicative skills become necessary for health professionals if they are to determine their discourse and professional goals: identifying health needs through the elicitation of often sensitive information, and in turn imparting information that is understood, so that the end result is the patient’s necessary behaviour change to improve health. thus, health goals will be mutually identified and agreed. 

Chapter Contributors

  • Sally Candlin ( - book-auth-689) 'Macquarie University'
  • Peter Roger ( - book-auth-690) 'Macquarie University'