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Communication about self-care in traditional acupuncture consultations: the co-construction of individualised support and advice.
Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Dec; 89(3):467-75.PE

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To analyse the co-construction of self-care advice in traditional acupuncture consultations.

METHOD

Analysis of 27 audio-recorded and transcribed consultations, involving 7 practitioners, augmented by integrating the data from 15 patient interviews and regular practitioner discussions.

RESULTS

Self-care talk was initiated equally by practitioner and patient, and was threaded through and between acupuncture consultations. It involved interactive discussions that were interwoven with other types of talk, especially life-world and acupuncture talk. Practitioner engagement in self-care talk appeared to increase with experience. The self-care talk was co-constructed within the context of a relationship that was characterised by continuity, mutuality and trust.

CONCLUSION

Self-care support and advice was integral to the practice of traditional acupuncture and individualised in terms of the patient's life-world and/or the Chinese medicine diagnosis. The co-construction of self-care talk did not replicate the asymmetry of conventional medical consultations.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS

The active participation of both patients and acupuncture practitioners in self-care talk may be related to professional practice that is underpinned by a holistic theory base such as Chinese medicine and is delivered in the context of therapeutic relationships based on continuity, mutuality and trust. These findings may inform professional education and the design of multi-disciplinary care pathways.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. Charlotte.paterson@bristol.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22445731

Citation

Paterson, Charlotte, et al. "Communication About Self-care in Traditional Acupuncture Consultations: the Co-construction of Individualised Support and Advice." Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 89, no. 3, 2012, pp. 467-75.
Paterson C, Evans M, Bertschinger R, et al. Communication about self-care in traditional acupuncture consultations: the co-construction of individualised support and advice. Patient Educ Couns. 2012;89(3):467-75.
Paterson, C., Evans, M., Bertschinger, R., Chapman, R., Norton, R., & Robinson, J. (2012). Communication about self-care in traditional acupuncture consultations: the co-construction of individualised support and advice. Patient Education and Counseling, 89(3), 467-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2012.02.016
Paterson C, et al. Communication About Self-care in Traditional Acupuncture Consultations: the Co-construction of Individualised Support and Advice. Patient Educ Couns. 2012;89(3):467-75. PubMed PMID: 22445731.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Communication about self-care in traditional acupuncture consultations: the co-construction of individualised support and advice. AU - Paterson,Charlotte, AU - Evans,Maggie, AU - Bertschinger,Richard, AU - Chapman,Russ, AU - Norton,Rosemary, AU - Robinson,Jane, Y1 - 2012/03/24/ PY - 2011/07/20/received PY - 2012/02/26/revised PY - 2012/02/27/accepted PY - 2012/3/27/entrez PY - 2012/3/27/pubmed PY - 2013/4/11/medline SP - 467 EP - 75 JF - Patient education and counseling JO - Patient Educ Couns VL - 89 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To analyse the co-construction of self-care advice in traditional acupuncture consultations. METHOD: Analysis of 27 audio-recorded and transcribed consultations, involving 7 practitioners, augmented by integrating the data from 15 patient interviews and regular practitioner discussions. RESULTS: Self-care talk was initiated equally by practitioner and patient, and was threaded through and between acupuncture consultations. It involved interactive discussions that were interwoven with other types of talk, especially life-world and acupuncture talk. Practitioner engagement in self-care talk appeared to increase with experience. The self-care talk was co-constructed within the context of a relationship that was characterised by continuity, mutuality and trust. CONCLUSION: Self-care support and advice was integral to the practice of traditional acupuncture and individualised in terms of the patient's life-world and/or the Chinese medicine diagnosis. The co-construction of self-care talk did not replicate the asymmetry of conventional medical consultations. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The active participation of both patients and acupuncture practitioners in self-care talk may be related to professional practice that is underpinned by a holistic theory base such as Chinese medicine and is delivered in the context of therapeutic relationships based on continuity, mutuality and trust. These findings may inform professional education and the design of multi-disciplinary care pathways. SN - 1873-5134 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22445731/Communication_about_self_care_in_traditional_acupuncture_consultations:_the_co_construction_of_individualised_support_and_advice_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0738-3991(12)00089-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -