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Title:Metaphors in nurse-physician communication
Author(s):Foli, Karen Jean
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Treichler, Paula A.
Department / Program:Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Speech Communication
Health Sciences, Medicine and Surgery
Health Sciences, Nursing
Sociology, General
Abstract:This study addresses the weaknesses in the nurse-physician communication literature by preserving the cultural phenomena and coupling this context with empirical validation. Its purpose is to achieve a better understanding, through description and explanation, of the communication patterns between nurses and physicians.
The communication patterns of 19 nurses and 21 physicians were studied in a rural, community based hospital located in the Mid-West. Three metaphors: the game, team and hierarchy, were used to conceptualize nurse-physician interaction. Macro coding of observational data and micro coding of conversations were used to test the existence of metaphors. A qualitative method was also utilized to analyze nurse and physician interpretations of the team metaphor.
Both qualitative and quantitative evidence supported the existence of the three metaphors. Differences between nurse and physician interpretations of the team metaphor and interactional behavior patterns were traced in detail.
The results of this study have implications in research, practice and education. Theoretically, these data contribute to a model of nurse-physician communication in health contexts. In an applied sense, these results suggest ways in which nurse-physician communication patterns can be modified which will lead to improved health care delivery.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Foli, Karen Jean
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9114236
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9114236

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