The collaborative model of doctor-patient consultation - Is it always culturally appropriate? What do doctors and patients need to know to make it work in intercultural contexts?

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Hamilton, John (2009) The collaborative model of doctor-patient consultation - Is it always culturally appropriate? What do doctors and patients need to know to make it work in intercultural contexts? Medical Teacher, 31 (2). pp. 163-165. ISSN 0142-159X (print) 1466-187X (online)

Abstract

This article questions the assumption that a collaborative, participatory model of medical interview (as taught in most contemporary Western universities) is necessarily the most suitable and effective in cross-cultural interactions between doctors and patients. It highlights some of the challenges for international students in mastering this model, and extends Koehn’s concept of the medical interview as involving ‘mutual teaching’ to suggest a role for the doctor as a ‘cultural informant’ who helps patients to acquire the ‘medical literacy’ and skills required to participate effectively.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7973
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01421590802530914
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Current > Division/Research > VU College
Keywords ResPubID22008. medical treatment, communication, doctor-patient relationships, interaction, mutual teaching, intercultural competency, professional skills, doctors, health professionals, patients, cultural diversity
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