Doctor Repeats of Patient Responses in Vietnamese Medical Consultations

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Nguyen, Hương Thị Linh and Austin, Gavin. 2023. "Doctor Repeats of Patient Responses in Vietnamese Medical Consultations." Theory and Practice in Language Studies. 13 (4), pp. 809-821. https://doi.org/10.17507/tpls.1304.01
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Doctor Repeats of Patient Responses in Vietnamese Medical Consultations

ERA Journal ID201646
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsNguyen, Hương Thị Linh and Austin, Gavin
Journal TitleTheory and Practice in Language Studies
Journal Citation13 (4), pp. 809-821
Number of Pages13
Year2023
PublisherAcademy Publication
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1799-2591
2053-0692
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.17507/tpls.1304.01
Web Address (URL)http://www.academypublication.com/tpls/others/scopus.html
Abstract

This study examines doctor repeats of patient responses in medical interaction. These repeats lie at the third turn in a three-turn sequence: doctor question, patient response, and doctor follow-up utterance. The data were taken from 66 consultations held in the Consultation and General Practice Units of two public hospitals in Vietnam. Using a conversation-analytical approach, we reveal that doctor repeats in this specific cultural context serve to highlight the importance of the information provided by the patient for forming diagnostic hypotheses and recommending optimal treatment plans. In so doing, we also show that, in terms of function, doctor repeats differ in certain key respects from repeats in non-medical conversation.

Keywordsdoctor repeats, patient responses, doctor-patient interaction, Vietnam, conversation analysis
Article Publishing Charge (APC) Amount Paid600.0
Article Publishing Charge (APC) FundingResearcher
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470405. Discourse and pragmatics
420311. Health systems
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Byline AffiliationsIndependent Researcher, Australia
School of Health and Medical Sciences
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