BACKGROUND: The available literature on medical communication reports almost exclusively on observational, qualitative studies. We aimed to apply a novel approach to the analysis of doctor-patient consultation by means of computer concordancing. This methodology, established in linguistic research but rarely applied to professional language, allows both the quantitative and qualitative study of language. METHODS: We analysed the language of 40 doctors and their patients during 373 complete pr...Expand abstract
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Concordancing: use of language-based research in medical communication.
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