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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 2/14/2016)