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The confidential patient: the social construction of therapeutic relationships in general medical practice

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The interpersonal relationship between doctor and patient is fundamental to general medical practice. In this paper we explore the ways in which general practitioners make sense of the changing political economy of this relationship, as it is restructured by ideas about the patient as consumer, and as it increasingly constitutes the consultation as a point of interaction that may be intrinsically therapeutic. In particular, we explore the ways in which the consultation is the site of negotiated power relations between doctor and patient, and is the site of the doctor's negotiation of powerful discourses of professional and institutional identity.

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May, Carl, Dowrick, Christopher and Richardson, Michael (1996) The confidential patient: the social construction of therapeutic relationships in general medical practice The Sociological Review, 44, (2), pp. 187-203. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-954X.1996.tb00421.x).

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Published date: May 1996

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Local EPrints ID: 163283
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163283
ISSN: 0038-0261
PURE UUID: 3cba12ba-5fd8-41b5-988a-723c4928dfb8
ORCID for Carl May: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0451-2690

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Date deposited: 17 Sep 2010 13:04
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:31

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Author: Carl May ORCID iD
Author: Christopher Dowrick
Author: Michael Richardson

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