Conversation Analysis

5. CA in Action

In this section, the reader will find an illustration of what a CA treatment of a sequence in doctor-patient interaction looks like. The sequence to be analyzed concerns smoking and drinking, and forms a part of comprehensive history taking. The participants are an internist and a middle aged female patient who is divorced with a daughter in her late twenties. The patient is the owner-manager of a restaurant, has recently gained some weight, and is hypertensive.

Example 8

The exchange goes as follows: