Revised 18 November 2022
Accepted 8 March 2023
Available Online 24 March 2023
- Identity construction
Online medical consultation
Medical practices in contemporary times demonstrate an asymmetrical relationship between patients and doctors, which lies at the heart of the medical enterprise and is consistent in the process of doctor-patient interaction, especially the face-to-face communication. In this asymmetrical relationship, both doctors and patients tend to construct different identities, which is pervasive in the face-to-face medical communication. However, with the popularity of online medical consultation, identities constructed in the traditional communication are undergoing changes. In view of this, the present research investigates the identities constructed in online medical consultation websites and attempts to find out the identity changes in comparison with traditional face-to-face communication. The analysis shows that there is a tendency for doctors and patients to construct different identities according to specific circumstances, either in reality or in virtuality. In the meantime, the asymmetry is still a central issue in medical practices, but it exists in a more dynamic way. The tentative conclusion in this study provides several suggestions and implications for effective doctor-patient communication.
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Cite This Article
TY - CONF AU - Enyao Li PY - 2023 DA - 2023/03/24 TI - A Comparative Study on Identity Construction in Doctor-Patient Communication: From Reality to Virtuality BT - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Education, Language, Art and Inter-Cultural Communication (ICELAIC 2022) PB - Athena Publishing SP - 33 EP - 40 SN - 2949-8937 UR - https://doi.org/10.55060/s.atssh.230322.006 DO - https://doi.org/10.55060/s.atssh.230322.006 ID - Li2023 ER -