Argumentation in Doctor-Patien Interaction: Medical Consultation as a Pragmatic-Dialectical Communicative Activity Type

Roosmaryn Filimon


In medical consultation, the doctor's advice (or the support for it) is not always immediately acceptable to the patient. The medical advice might, for instance, means that the patient has to drastically change his behaviour. An important way in which the doctor can nonetheless make his advice acceptable is by presenting argumentation. In this paper, I will argue that, to adequately analyse and evaluate argumentation in medical consultation, medical consultation should be analysed as a pragma-dialectical communicative activity type. 


argumentative discourse; health communication; physician-patient consult

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