Healthy arguments for literacy in health

P. J. Schulz, S. Rubinelli

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This paper explores the nature of argumentation, and its potential impact within the setting of the doctor-patient interaction. More specifically, we propose a twofold investigation. Firstly, we intend to clarify the ontological conditions for supporting the appropriateness of using argumentation in the medical setting, and show its general advantages. Within this framework, by relying on a set of medical consultation recorded with the help of Tessin physicians, we shall underline a typology of action types where argumentation occurs in the medical setting. Secondly, we shall offer some key-concepts to address the evaluation of arguments in the field. Here, considerations on the quality of the statements that make up arguments and the argument schemes adopted will allow us to shed light on the demarcation point between sound and derailed arguments, as a way to foster an optimization of the medical argumentative practice at an empirical level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArgumentation for Consumers of Healthcare - Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 AAAI Spring Symposium - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: 27 Mar 200629 Mar 2006

Publication series

NameAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report


Conference2006 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA


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