Coding patient emotional cues and concerns in medical consultations: The Verona coding definitions of emotional sequences (VR-CoDES).

Zimmermann, C and Del Piccolo, L and Bensing, J and Bergvik, S and de Haes, H and Eide, H and Fletcher, Ian and Goss, C and Heaven, C and Humpheris, G and Kim, YM and Langewitz, W and Meeuwesen, L and Nuebling, M and Rimondini, M and Salmon, P and van Dulmen, S and Wissow, L and Zandbelt, L and Finset, A (2011) Coding patient emotional cues and concerns in medical consultations: The Verona coding definitions of emotional sequences (VR-CoDES). Patient Education and Counseling, 82 (2). pp. 141-148. ISSN 0738-3991

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Abstract

Objective To present the Verona Coding Definitions of Emotional Sequences (VR-CoDES CC), a consensus based system for coding patient expressions of emotional distress in medical consultations, defined as Cues or Concerns. Methods The system was developed by an international group of communication researchers. First, consensus was reached in different steps. Second, a reliability study was conducted on 20 psychiatric consultations. Results A Cue is defined as a verbal or non-verbal hint which suggests an underlying unpleasant emotion that lacks clarity. A Concern is defined as a clear and unambiguous expression of an unpleasant current or recent emotion that is explicitly verbalized with or without a stated issue of importance. The conceptual framework sets precise criteria for cues and concerns and for whom (health provider or patient) elicits the cue/concern. Inter-rater reliability proved satisfactory (agreement 81.5%, Cohen's Kappa 0.70). Conclusion The VR-CoDES CC will facilitate comparative research on provider–patient communication sequences in which patients express emotional distress. Practice implications The VR-CoDES CC may be used to help clinicians in recognizing or facilitating cues and concerns, thereby improving the recognition of patients’ emotional distress, the therapeutic alliance and quality of care for these patients.

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Patient Education and Counseling
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27 Sep 2012 10:07
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