Problems and problems: Power relationships in a medical encounter

Paula A. Treichler, Richard Frankel, Cheris Kramarae, Kathleen Zoppi, Howard B. Beckman

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This chapter reports a collaborative effort by the authors to analyze a videotape of a routine clinic visit between a patient and a medical resident. Our overall purpose is to illuminate dimensions of power in this particular encounter and in medical settings generally. At one level, we define our scholarly task as learning more about the real-time organization of power as manifested in observable interactions on the videotape. At another level, we are interested in better understanding some of the formal and informal practices that accompany our individual and collective efforts as researchers. Finally, as citizens and consumers concerned with the distribution of health care resources, we are interested in connecting the results of our research to more broadly based questions about power in medical encounters. This chapter, then, is an analysis of a medical encounter that we present as a model of collaborative, interdisciplinary research on power in medical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLanguage, Communication and Education
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)0203975103, 9781135785567
ISBN (Print)0709935900, 9780709935902
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Treichler, P. A., Frankel, R., Kramarae, C., Zoppi, K., & Beckman, H. B. (2005). Problems and problems: Power relationships in a medical encounter. In Language, Communication and Education (pp. 169-201). Taylor and Francis.