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Re-conceptualizing interruptions in physician-patient interview: Co-operative and intrusive
Unformatted Document Text:  Interruption Patterns 10 The second message from the above literature review is that interruption pattern and physician gender has been the focus of several studies, but interruption pattern and patient gender has been infrequently studied. If physician gender is controlled for (e.g., use an all male sample), do male and female patients interrupt and get interrupted differently? The two research themes for the current study were: (1) whether there was a significant difference between the frequencies of physicians and patients in intrusive, co- operative, and unsuccessful interruptions, and (2) whether there was a significant difference between the two gender combinations (male physicians/male patients vs. male physicians/female patients) in their frequencies of intrusive, co-operative, and unsuccessful interruptions. Method Context The Canadian health care system allows for provincial variations in the way a general practitioner charges his or her patient. In British Columbia where this study took place, a general practitioner is permitted to see approximately twenty patients per day and charges $26.00 per patient for a regular visit. The $26.00 charge is covered under the provincial medical care plan. Physician Participants Five Caucasian male general practitioners participated in this study. No intern was recruited as they are paid on a salary basis and would be less concerned with the length of the interview than a physician. As a result, their conversation style would be different from a physician’s.

Authors: Li, Han., Krysko, Michael., Desroches, Naghmeh. and Deagle, George.
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Interruption Patterns
10
The second message from the above literature review is that interruption pattern
and physician gender has been the focus of several studies, but interruption pattern and
patient gender has been infrequently studied. If physician gender is controlled for (e.g.,
use an all male sample), do male and female patients interrupt and get interrupted
differently?
The two research themes for the current study were: (1) whether there was a
significant difference between the frequencies of physicians and patients in intrusive, co-
operative, and unsuccessful interruptions, and (2) whether there was a significant
difference between the two gender combinations (male physicians/male patients vs. male
physicians/female patients) in their frequencies of intrusive, co-operative, and
unsuccessful interruptions.
Method
Context
The Canadian health care system allows for provincial variations in the way a
general practitioner charges his or her patient. In British Columbia where this study took
place, a general practitioner is permitted to see approximately twenty patients per day and
charges $26.00 per patient for a regular visit. The $26.00 charge is covered under the
provincial medical care plan.
Physician Participants
Five Caucasian male general practitioners participated in this study. No intern was
recruited as they are paid on a salary basis and would be less concerned with the length of
the interview than a physician. As a result, their conversation style would be different
from a physician’s.


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