The ethical convenience of non-neutrality in medical encounters: argumentative instruments for healthcare providers

Sarah Francesca Maria Bigi, Maria Grazia Rossi, Daniela Leone

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Abstract

By proposing a case study analysis from the context of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), we argue that non-neutrality may paradoxically have – if it is properly managed – a higher degree of ethical convenience (§3). In summary, we show the relevance for the context of health communication of recent issues discussed in cognitive pragmatics and linguistics (§ 2); having in mind the idea that patients’ autonomy and freedom is guaranteed by understanding within shared decision-making, we then introduce the argumentative theory of reasoning and we discuss the significant role of argumentative instruments within patient-provider interactions. Finally, we propose a case study analysis of a medical consultation within ART and show how an ethical management of non-neutrality requires an appropriate use of communicative instruments and, more specifically, of argumentative instruments (§3). Finally, we discuss some preliminary results and sketch further lines of research (§4).
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)139-157
Numero di pagine19
RivistaTeoria
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017

Keywords

  • argumentation, neutrality, doctor-patient interaction, decision making

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