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The listening loop: a model of choice about cues within primary care consultations

The listening loop: a model of choice about cues within primary care consultations
The listening loop: a model of choice about cues within primary care consultations
Background: as well as hearing a story at the start of an interaction, listening in medicine involves picking up and checking out patients' cues. Despite this, cues are frequently missed or ignored by doctors.

Aim: to explore the perceptions of general practitioners (GPs) about initiating listening and choosing not to listen during interactions.

Study design: qualitative study constant comparison. Methods General practitioners with over 5 years' experience in practice in a semi-rural area of England took part in a single, semistructured, audiotaped interview which was piloted initially. Interviews were transcribed and analysed according to the precepts of constant comparison.

Results: in total, 23 of 24 eligible doctors participated. The data emphasise the importance of spotting cues during interactions. Factors influencing judgements on whether or not to attend to cues included pressure of work, the doctor's mood or feelings about the patient, and the context of the interaction. Methods of limiting, blocking or resisting listening included reassuring, changing the subject, interrupting, being directive or making a plan, reducing sympathy and using body language. A tramline metaphor of choice in listening emerged (the listening loop: a definite period of listening by the GP within the interaction, generally separate to hearing the patient's initial story).

Conclusion: the listening loop offers a simple model of listening that emphasises choice and judgement in response to patients' cues within interactions. Emphasising this choice highlights both picking up cues and pragmatic limits and resistance to attending to them, with implications for teaching
physician?patient relations, *family practice, physicians, family psychology, perception, attitude of health personnel, rural health, judgement, decision making, pilot projects, england
0308-0110
999-1005
Cocksedge, Simon
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May, Carl
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Cocksedge, Simon
64ac9c29-9e1b-410d-b643-26a608a0c636
May, Carl
17697f8d-98f6-40d3-9cc0-022f04009ae4

Cocksedge, Simon and May, Carl (2005) The listening loop: a model of choice about cues within primary care consultations. Medical Education, 39 (10), 999-1005. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2929.2005.02264.x).

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Abstract

Background: as well as hearing a story at the start of an interaction, listening in medicine involves picking up and checking out patients' cues. Despite this, cues are frequently missed or ignored by doctors.

Aim: to explore the perceptions of general practitioners (GPs) about initiating listening and choosing not to listen during interactions.

Study design: qualitative study constant comparison. Methods General practitioners with over 5 years' experience in practice in a semi-rural area of England took part in a single, semistructured, audiotaped interview which was piloted initially. Interviews were transcribed and analysed according to the precepts of constant comparison.

Results: in total, 23 of 24 eligible doctors participated. The data emphasise the importance of spotting cues during interactions. Factors influencing judgements on whether or not to attend to cues included pressure of work, the doctor's mood or feelings about the patient, and the context of the interaction. Methods of limiting, blocking or resisting listening included reassuring, changing the subject, interrupting, being directive or making a plan, reducing sympathy and using body language. A tramline metaphor of choice in listening emerged (the listening loop: a definite period of listening by the GP within the interaction, generally separate to hearing the patient's initial story).

Conclusion: the listening loop offers a simple model of listening that emphasises choice and judgement in response to patients' cues within interactions. Emphasising this choice highlights both picking up cues and pragmatic limits and resistance to attending to them, with implications for teaching

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Published date: October 2005
Keywords: physician?patient relations, *family practice, physicians, family psychology, perception, attitude of health personnel, rural health, judgement, decision making, pilot projects, england

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Local EPrints ID: 163529
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163529
ISSN: 0308-0110
PURE UUID: 92c45030-3422-4324-9b53-a5c76bb31910
ORCID for Carl May: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0451-2690

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Date deposited: 13 Sep 2010 13:34
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:33

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