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'Literacy and health: towards a methodology for investigating patients' participation in healthcare'.

Dray, S. and Papen, Uta (2004) 'Literacy and health: towards a methodology for investigating patients' participation in healthcare'. Journal of Applied Linguistics, 1 (3). pp. 311-332. ISSN 1479-7887

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Abstract

Much has been written about the significance of patients’ literacy and language skills in the healthcare process, but there has been little critical analysis of the theories of language that underpin research and policy in this field. Discussions of the research methods and approaches that inform studies on patients’ reading and writing in healthcare settings are scarce. This paper presents a framework for studying the role of written language provided by healthcare institutions. It suggests an alternative to the narrow notions of health literacy that currently dominate the field. In order to illustrate this framework, the paper offers a detailed analysis of one particular case – the role of a patient information leaflet in the diagnostic process. The approach that is suggested draws on a combination of critical discourse analysis with ethnography.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1207
Deposited By: Dr Uta Papen
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2008 13:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:07
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1207

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