The conduit metaphor: Language and informed consent
Explores the role of language in informed consent (IFC) discussions. N. Budwig argues that folk notions of language, as reflected in current IFC practices, have not kept pace with theoretical discussions of language functioning. The conduit metaphor provides an entry into understanding current folk theorizing in language. Budwig considers an alternative view of language that emphasizes its dynamic qualities. Budwig illustrates the advantages of working with this alternative view of language by microanalyzing how information about patient choices is linguistically presented to a patient in F. Wiseman's (1989) film Near Death. The importance of having linguistic and ethnographic data to work with when examining IFC issues is discussed. Budwig also considers the richness of the data source in showing the ways that medical experts can give information about treatment.
Family Systems Medicine
Budwig, N., "The conduit metaphor: Language and informed consent" (1991). Psychology. 202.