About the article
Clive Seale is Professor, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University, West London, UK. He is author of The Quality of Qualitative Research (Sage, 1999), Media and Health (Sage, 2003), and co-editor (with David Silverman, Jaber Gubrium, and Giampietro Gobo) of Qualitative Research Practice (Sage, 2004). Recent articles have appeared in Body and Society, British Medical Journal, Health, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Palliative Medicine, Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness.
Christopher C Butler
Christopher Butler is head of the Department of General Practice at Cardiff University. He has a major research interest in the management of common infections in primary care, with involvement in treatment trials, cohort studies of clinical outcomes, description of natural history, qualitative research on antibiotic prescribing, and observation studies of clinician–patient interaction. He has been the PI or co-applicant on relevant grants from the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Foundation, and leads the clinical platform of a EU-Funded Network of Excellence.
Ian Hutchby is Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester. He is author of Conversation Analysis and the Study of Broadcasting (Open University Press, 2006), Children, Technology and Culture (Routledge-Falmer, 2001, with J. Moran-Ellis), and Conversation Analysis. (Polity Press, 1998, with R. Wooffitt). Recent articles have appeared in Sociology, Discourse and Society, Discourse Studies, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Children and Society.
Paul Kinnersley is Reader in the Department of General Practice at Cardiff University and a general practitioner in Cardiff. Throughout his career he has worked with actors, initially to train and assess medical students but more recently to evaluate the quality of care provided in clinical settings. He has studied consultations in hospital and primary-care settings with particular emphasis on patient-centered care. Recent publications have appeared in Medical Education and the British Journal of General Practice.
Stephen Rollnick is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Healthcare Communication in the Department of General Practice at Cardiff University. He was a practicing psychologist in the UK National Health Service for 16 years, and then became a teacher and researcher on the subject of communication. He has written books on Motivational Interviewing and Health Behaviour Change and has a special interest in challenging consultations in hospital and primary-care settings. He has published widely in scientific journals and has taught practitioners in many countries and continents.
Published Online: 2007-12-04
Published in Print: 2007-10-26