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ERIC Number: EJ1104437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Theorizing about Practice: Story Telling and Practical Knowledge in Cancer Diagnoses
Zucchermaglio, Cristina; Alby, Francesca
Journal of Workplace Learning, v28 n4 p174-187 2016
Purpose: This paper aims to analyze the organization of storytelling and its role in creating and sharing practical knowledge for cancer diagnosis in a medical community in Italy. Design/methodology/approach: The qualitative analysis draws upon different interactional data sets--naturally occurring diagnostic conversations among physicians in the ward, research interviews, video-based sessions in which physicians watch and discuss their diagnostic work. Findings: The results highlight: the specific organization of storytelling practices in medical diagnostic work; three main functions that such storytelling practices play in supporting collaborative diagnostic work in the community of our study; and how storytelling practices are resources on which participants rely across settings, including "ad hoc" reflexive meetings. Originality/value: This paper aims to contribute to the understanding of the role that storytelling plays in the diagnostic work in an understudied and yet life-saving site such as oncology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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