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Book: Communication and Professional Relationships in Healthcare Practice

Chapter: 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Developing expertise 9.3 Strategies for developing coherence in the discourse 9.4 Comparing the discourse of the expert practitioner  with that of the novice practitioner 9.5 Summary Appendix 9.1 

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.20473


This chapter considers the concept of expert discourse practice and suggests that discourse coherence is a criterion indicative of the expert discourse practitioner. Moreover, practitioners in the healthcare workplace whose expertise is revealed through their discourse are not necessarily expert clinical practitioners. In the same way, practitioners whose clinical skills demonstrate expertise may 

not necessarily display expert discourse skills. Experts in one situation are not necessarily experts in other situations. 

Chapter Contributors

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