Doctor Repeats of Patient Responses in Vietnamese Medical Consultations


  • Hương Thị Linh Nguyễn Independent researcher
  • Gavin Austin University of Southern Queensland



doctor repeats, patient responses, doctor-patient interaction, Vietnam, conversation analysis


This study examines doctor repeats of patient responses in medical interaction. These repeats lie at the third turn in a three-turn sequence: doctor question, patient response, and doctor follow-up utterance. The data were taken from 66 consultations held in the Consultation and General Practice Units of two public hospitals in Vietnam. Using a conversation-analytical approach, we reveal that doctor repeats in this specific cultural context serve to highlight the importance of the information provided by the patient for forming diagnostic hypotheses and recommending optimal treatment plans. In so doing, we also show that, in terms of function, doctor repeats differ in certain key respects from repeats in non-medical conversation.

Author Biography

Gavin Austin, University of Southern Queensland

School of Education


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