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Forming connections in the homeopathic consultation

Forming connections in the homeopathic consultation
Forming connections in the homeopathic consultation
Objective

A previous study which explored homeopathic practitioners’ in depth understanding and experiences of homeopathic consultations identified “connecting” as a key component of the consultation. This paper reports on “connecting” and its role in the consultation.

Method

Using a qualitative grounded theory approach data was collected from homeopaths using in-depth interviews, observations of homeopathic consultations and solicited practitioner reflective diaries. Constant comparison assisted code, concept and category formation to form a model of the UK classical homeopathic consultation.

Results

“Connecting”, describes a complex notion of relationship in the homeopathic consultation consisting of four dimensions, and performs several roles within the consultation that enable practitioners to elicit symptoms, identify expectations, assist with prescribing, help patients engage with homeopathic principles and stimulate healing.

Conclusion

This study shows the homeopath as an important component of the therapeutic context forming complex relationships and using communication that is skills based and inductively shaped to interpret and respond to each individual patient and their narrative in the consultation.

Practice implications

This study could have implications for teachers, students and practitioners of homeopathy by influencing training needs, and could prove instructive for other clinicians as homeopaths’ communication style could be used to augment other consultations.
homeopathy, complementary and alternative medicine. therapeutic relationship, consultations, qualitative, grounded theory
0738-3991
501-506
Eyles, Caroline
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Leydon, Geraldine M.
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Brien, Sarah B.
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Eyles, Caroline
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Leydon, Geraldine M.
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Brien, Sarah B.
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Eyles, Caroline, Leydon, Geraldine M. and Brien, Sarah B. (2012) Forming connections in the homeopathic consultation. Patient Education and Counseling, 89 (3), 501-506. (doi:10.1016/j.pec.2012.02.004). (PMID:22370197)

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Abstract

Objective

A previous study which explored homeopathic practitioners’ in depth understanding and experiences of homeopathic consultations identified “connecting” as a key component of the consultation. This paper reports on “connecting” and its role in the consultation.

Method

Using a qualitative grounded theory approach data was collected from homeopaths using in-depth interviews, observations of homeopathic consultations and solicited practitioner reflective diaries. Constant comparison assisted code, concept and category formation to form a model of the UK classical homeopathic consultation.

Results

“Connecting”, describes a complex notion of relationship in the homeopathic consultation consisting of four dimensions, and performs several roles within the consultation that enable practitioners to elicit symptoms, identify expectations, assist with prescribing, help patients engage with homeopathic principles and stimulate healing.

Conclusion

This study shows the homeopath as an important component of the therapeutic context forming complex relationships and using communication that is skills based and inductively shaped to interpret and respond to each individual patient and their narrative in the consultation.

Practice implications

This study could have implications for teachers, students and practitioners of homeopathy by influencing training needs, and could prove instructive for other clinicians as homeopaths’ communication style could be used to augment other consultations.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 25 February 2012
Published date: 2012
Keywords: homeopathy, complementary and alternative medicine. therapeutic relationship, consultations, qualitative, grounded theory
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 334328
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/334328
ISSN: 0738-3991
PURE UUID: d353ccd4-335c-420e-af74-fac75b5d8188
ORCID for Geraldine M. Leydon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5986-3300

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Date deposited: 06 Mar 2012 17:20
Last modified: 09 Nov 2021 03:12

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Author: Caroline Eyles
Author: Sarah B. Brien

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