Pastoral power and the confessing subject in patient-centred communication

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (4):483-493 (2009)
Abstract
This paper examines the power relations in “patient-centred communication”. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault I argue that while patient-centred communication frees the patient from particular aspects of medical power, it also introduces the patient to new power relations. The paper uses a Foucauldian analysis of power to argue that patient-centred communication introduces a new dynamic of power relations to the medical encounter, entangling and producing the patient to participate in the medical encounter in a particular manner.
Keywords Foucault  Power relations  Communication ethics
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