Mutual Persuasion as a Model for Doctor-Patient Communication
doctor-patient communication, mutuality, rhetoric
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From an ethical point of view, shared decision-making is preferable to either physician paternalism or patient sovereignty. The traditional model of doctor-patient communication is too directive and too unconcerned with the patient's values to support truly shared decision-making. The traditional distinction between rhetoric and sophistic can provide the basis for a new model of mutual persuasion that does not limit communication to information, and that avoids the spectre of manipulation.
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Theoretical Medicine, v. 7, issue 2, p. 127-146.
Scholar Commons Citation
Smith, David H. and Pettegrew, Loyd S., "Mutual Persuasion as a Model for Doctor-Patient Communication" (1986). Communication Faculty Publications. 500.