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作者 Brodkin, Lori C
書名 Rhetorical training for physician assistants: Reuniting the science of medical care and the art of medical rhetoric
國際標準書號 9780493739212
book jacket
說明 181 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 63-07, Section: A, page: 2525
Chair: Stuart C. Brown
Thesis (Ph.D.)--New Mexico State University, 2002
Although scientific knowledge and medical action remain the backbone of healthcare, communication is now also being recognized as a core clinical skill. Communication in any context is difficult, but especially so in medicine, where practitioners must communicate effectively with patients and other practitioners, often switching from one audience and context to another in a matter of seconds. Despite the recent recognition of communication's vital role in healthcare, many patients remain dissatisfied with their medical care. By examining the research on medical communication and communication training, this dissertation traces the evolving approaches to communication training, from a scientific, objective, and biomedical model to a humanistic, subjective, and patient-centered one. In addition this dissertation answers two research questions: (1) why are medical practitioners still, to a large degree, ineffective communicators? and (2) how might rhetoric help to resolve the problem?
Using a process of deductive inquiry to integrate research from several fields, this dissertation suggests that physician assistants (PAs) might help ease some of the tension between the biomedical model and the humanistic one. Because of both the similarities and the differences between physician assistant's and physicians' education, PAs are excellent candidates for training in rhetoric. Since PA students are trained in primary care settings, where prevention is often favored over intervention, they are in a position to communicate rhetorically with their patients: often, their objective is to educate, to evaluate, to interpret, and to persuade. In addition, because PA education is typically oriented toward primary care, PAs have more opportunity for continuity of care and established relationships with patients. Therefore, teaching physician assistants to think rhetorically---to construct and deconstruct language events systematically and thoughtfully---will help them to develop as more effective medical communicators. Injecting a rhetorical education into medical communication training can, this dissertation argues, help reunite the science of medical care and the art of medical rhetoric
School code: 0143
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 63-07A
主題 Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Alt Author New Mexico State University
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