The brave battle": The use of metaphors in medical consultation

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The brave battle": The use of metaphors in medical consultation

Serena Barello, Stefania Anania, Elena Vegni, Egidio A. Moja

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] There are not systematic researches on the use of metaphors in medical consultations. Metaphors' metaphors' metaphors' metaphors', metaphors' timing on timing, what metaphors say, how metaphors explain their contents, the functions of the metaphors ( cognitive function vs emotive function). 100 videotaped general practice outpatient consultations were considered. To the sentences where metaphors used to be figurative language Data analysis was conducted using quantitative approaches (frequencies) to analyze metaphors 'triggers and timing, and a qualitative analysis was conducted first to categorize metaphors and then to create a taxonomy based on the metaphors' categories. 280 metaphors were found: 43.2% were pronounced by physicians and 56.8% by patients. In 41 consultations the trigger was the patient (55.4%). Metaphors were pronounced on the average every 3'30 ''. The taxonomy emerged overlapped partially with the existent literature. Patients used metaphors, using them with emotional goals. Metaphor is a specific linguistic feature of the physician-patient relation
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The brave battle": The use of metaphors in medical consultation
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)159-172
Number of pages14
JournalPsicologia della Salute
Volume2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • medicina generale
  • metafore

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