The power of language on patient‐centredness: linguistic devices in the dietetic notes of patient records
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Applied Linguistics, ISSN 0802-6106, E-ISSN 1473-4192, Vol. 25, no 2, 225-245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
n this paper, 30 notes written by Swedish dietitians in patient records are analysed, inspired by Critical Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. Focusing on linguistic devices such as agency sources and evidential markers, we describe how patients are constantly referred to only in terms of the institutional patient role, or not referred to at all, through different techniques such as nominalization and passive verbs. The dietitians writing the notes are even more absent from the text, as they almost never refer to themselves as persons in the dietetic notes. There is a stated ambition in health care to provide patient-centred care and a collaborative patient-clinician relationship. However, we suggest that there might be a need for more person-centred language in dietetics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 25, no 2, 225-245 p.
Patient records, dietetics, medical discourse, patient-centered care
Other Social Sciences General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230206DOI: 10.1111/ijal.12064ISI: 000368177400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230206DiVA: diva2:739207