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Two studies funded by NIHR SPCR from University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care will be presenting findings at the 5th International Conference on Conversation Analysis & Clinical Encounters (CACE) – a three day event to be held at Loughborough University on 3-5 July 2015.

Effective communication at the conversation analysis clinical encounters conference

On the first day, the UnPAC study team (Understanding the causes of miscommunication in primary care consultations for children with acute cough) co-led by Christie Cabral and Rebecca Barnes, will be describing the development of a comprehensive coding scheme for communication during primary care consultations for childhood RTIs.  On the second day, Rebecca Barnes and Marcus Jepson will be presenting findings, on behalf of the One in a Million team, from their analysis of GP recommending practices for patient self-care. This work is part of a larger comparative study of GP recommending practices for prescription only medicines versus self-care, and how effective these might be in facilitating subsequent patient adherence.

The conference reflects a great diversity of medical research topics and findings, that have utilised Conversation Analysis (CA) as the primary research method. Over the past decade or so such studies have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the dynamics, effects and effectiveness of communication in medical practice, and in diagnosis. CA is now widely regarded as one of the foremost approaches to studying communication in medical settings.

The third day is open to any medical and healthcare professionals interested in the role of communication with patients in medical practice, and in how communication can be most effective. There will be presentations by clinicians and researchers who are involved in or running CA projects, including talks by Gerry Leydon (University of Southampton) and Rebecca Barnes (University of Bristol) who will be giving a 5 minute elevator pitch on the story behind her One in a Million study that has created an archive of primary care consultations for future researchers.

Conference website