Competence and Clinical Narratives in Oncology

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

in American Medicine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780520088962
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922037 | DOI:
Competence and Clinical Narratives in Oncology

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This chapter examines competence in the context of high specialty medicine. It focuses on the practice of oncology and examines how specialty concepts about competence are institutionalized in the clinical narratives and narrative strategies created for patients which are intended to join the two worlds of uncertain science and therapeutics with patient care. Good care includes helping patients collaborate in selecting a good course of action, but it also includes helping patients feel that a chosen course constitutes the best possible care for them. Skilled clinicians are often quite conscious of the importance of this aspect of their work, especially women oncologists who treat breast cancer patients.

Keywords: high specialty medicine; patient care; clinical narrative; therapeutics; breast cancer patients; women oncologists

Chapter.  7936 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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