Oralizations in e-mail consultations: A study of general practitioners’ use of non-verbal cues in written doctor‐patient communication

Maja Nordtug, Jane Ege Møller, Signe Schlichting Matthiesen, Matilde Nisbeth Brøgger

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Abstrakt

It is well-known that non-verbal cues are essential in doctor‐patient communication. As doctor‐patient communication is turning increasingly digital and written, it becomes relevant to explore the role of non-verbal cues in such communication genres. One more recent genre is the doctor‐patient e-mail consultation. Research has found that while patients like e-mail consultations, they also miss facial expressions, eye contact, etc. In this study, we explored the different ways in which Danish GPs use non-verbal cues in e-mail consultations. We analysed 633 e-mail consultations written by 22 GPs. We applied the concept of oralization, which includes the use of emoticons and non-standard use of grammar and spatial arrangement. We found that the dominant types of oralizations were non-corrected spelling errors and lack of attention to capitalization. Overall, GPs used a limited number of other non-verbal cues. We discuss how these findings relate to norms of formality and professional context.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCatalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies
Vol/bind13
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)195-211
ISSN1757-1898
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2021
Udgivet eksterntJa

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