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Forum Will Focus on Communication in Medical Caregiving Teams University News
For release: March 30, 2010

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Dr. Sage Lambert Graham
Dr. Sage Lambert Graham
If medical caregivers don’t communicate effectively, patient care can be compromised. Dr. Sage Lambert Graham, assistant professor of linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Memphis, will discuss that topic Wednesday, April 7, at the U of M. Her talk, “Is There Any Housein the Doctor? Politeness, Gender, and the Negotiation of Care in Medical Caregiver Teams,” will begin at 3 p.m. in Clement Hall, Room 409. Refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Differing levels of experience, as well as different roles and responsibilities all have the potential to affect the ability of caregivers to function as a cohesive unit. For example, registered nurses (who are overwhelming female and have much more medical experience than the residents and interns they work with) must determine how to be polite in voicing their opinion of the care plan for a patient. Graham’s research explores the power and politeness strategies used by members of caregiving teams to negotiate patient care decisions as they try to provide the best care possible.

Clement Hall is located on the west side of the Alumni Mall across from the new University Center.

Parking is available in the parking garages on Innovation Drive or Zach Curlin Street or in the parking lot adjacent to Southern Avenue.

The Women’s Research Forum is sponsored by the U of M’s Center for Research on Women. For more information, call 901-678-2642.

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