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Authors:Ulla Melander Marttala: Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
Publication title:Vad är reumatism? Beskrivningar av en sjukdom
Conference:Svenskans beskrivning 24. Förhandlingar vid Tjugofjärde sammankomsten för svenskans beskrivning
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:014
Abstract:This article presents an investigation of descriptions of rheumatism collected in interviews with informants with differing backgrounds, viz. persons suffering from rheumatism, healthy lay persons and physicians.

Differences between the groups in their conceptions of rheumatism were found, regarding aspects as manifestations and symptoms, seriousness, causes, and consequences. Naturally, the descriptions reflected experience and knowledge of rheumatism in the different groups of informants. The physicians had the most well-structured, knowledgeable and general conceptions, while the healthy group had less developed notions. The rheumatic persons were in between, closer to the physicians, and had explicit conceptions of rheumatism, in which their own situation was emphasised. In their descriptions all informants made abundant use of linguistic hedges and the like; the healthy informant group being the vaguest one in their formulations.

A clear pattern for all informants is to interpret an encountered phenomenon, here rheumatism, in relation to their experiences and realities, transferring it into a concrete and real context, in order to understand it.

Knowledge of differences in descriptions, conceptions and perspectives of participants with differing backgrounds may contribute to a better understanding of how such aspects and dissimilarities effect communication.

No. of pages:10
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Ulla Melander Marttala (1999). Vad är reumatism? Beskrivningar av en sjukdom, Svenskans beskrivning 24. Förhandlingar vid Tjugofjärde sammankomsten för svenskans beskrivning;article=014 (accessed 9/20/2014)