"Communication between doctor and patient has some important special features. Most of these can be summed up in one word: context."1 When patients tell their stories, context is everything. And yet the research shows that when listening to their patients doctors often neglect context. So, how do we get physicians to attend better to context? Drawing on the insights of standpoint and post colonial theory, we provide three useful exercises medical educators can use to help physicians rethink how they listen to and talk with patients, sufficient to bring back context.
Wear, Delese; Castellani, Brian (2000). (Re)considering Context in Patient-Doctor Relationships. Springer 7(1) 13-21. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/socpubs/52