Publication details [#67046]

McArthur, Amanda. 2019. Pain and the collision of expertise in primary care physical exams. Discourse Studies 21 (5) : 522–539.
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SAGE Publications


Using conversation analysis and a collection of naturally occurring US primary care consultations, this paper examines the search for pain during primary care physical exams. It show how patients responding to questions like does that hurt? tacitly guide physicians to their pain using pain displays. Physicians respond to these practices by altering the trajectory of their touch in coordination with the patient’s embodied behavior.