Voices of curing and caring: The role of vagueness and ambiguity in informed consent discussions
Explores the role of vagueness and ambiguity in doctor–patient communications about informed consent. A fine-grained analysis of 2 discourse segments between 2 physicians and an incapacitated patient in an intensive care unit reveals that vagueness and ambiguity index the conflict of 2 communicative orientations (voices): caring and curing. It is argued that this conflict of voices between rational considerations in the context of institutional demands and a general caring for the patient in his/her life-world reflects the general conflict in informed consent negotiations between the patient's autonomy as an abstract value, as prescribed by the law, and a concrete caring for the whole person in a particular situation.
Family Systems Medicine
Bamberg, M., "Voices of curing and caring: The role of vagueness and ambiguity in informed consent discussions" (1991). Psychology. 169.