"I've been crying my way": qualitative analysis of a group of female patients' consultation experiences
1996 (English)In: Family Practice, ISSN 0263-2136, E-ISSN 1460-2229, Vol. 13, no 6, 498-503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background and objectives What do women patients, sick-listed for biomedically undefined musculoskeletal disorders, expect and experience when they consult a doctor? With the purpose to learn more about this, a qualitative interview study was conducted.
Methods Twenty women participated. They were patients at an urban health care centre in northern Sweden. Data were gained through repeated, semi-structured interviews, and analysed according to grounded theory.
Results The participants described an atmosphere of distrust in the consultation. They had felt ignored, disregarded and rejected by doctors, and had worked out strategies to keep up medical attention in their search for a creditable diagnosis. They were somatizing, claiming under cover, and pleading, to catch the doctor's interest. In addition, they upheld their self-respect by mystifying and martyrizing themselves and their symptoms, and by condemning physicians as ignorant.
Discussion The patient's consultation experiences are discussed from different aspects; the biomedical framework, the power asymmetry, and the gendered positions of patient and doctor. The findings indicate the importance of making doctors aware of the context behind frustrations in doctor-patient interaction.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press , 1996. Vol. 13, no 6, 498-503 p.
Consultation, gender, musculoskeletal pain, undefined disorders, women's health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-11097DOI: 10.1093/fampra/13.6.498PubMedID: 9023524OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-11097DiVA: diva2:150768