Human Studies

, Volume 33, Issue 2–3, pp 157–171 | Cite as

A Video Life-world Approach to Consultation Practice: The Relevance of a Socio-Phenomenological Approach

  • Jane Bickerton
  • Sue Procter
  • Barbara Johnson
  • Angel Medina
Research Paper


This article discusses the [development and] use of a video life-world schema to explore alternative orientations to the shared health consultation. It is anticipated that this schema can be used by practitioners and consumers alike to understand the dynamics of videoed health consultations, the role of the participants within it and the potential to consciously alter the outcome by altering behaviour during the process of interaction. The study examines health consultation participation and develops an interpretative method of analysis that includes image elicitation (via videos), phenomenology (to identify the components of the analytic framework), narrative (to depict the stories of interactions) and a reflexive mode (to develop shared meaning through a conceptual framework for analysis). The analytic framework is derived from a life-world conception of human mutual shared interaction which is presented here as a novel approach to understanding patient-centred care. The video materials used in this study were derived from consultations in a Walk-in Centre (WiC) in East London. The conceptual framework produced through the process of video analysis is comprised of different combinations of movement, knowledge and emotional conversations that are used to classify objective or engaged WiC health care interactions. The videoed interactions organise along an active or passive, facilitative or directive typical situation continuum illustrating different kinds of textual approaches to practice that are in tension or harmony. The schema demonstrates how practitioners and consumers interact to produce these outcomes and indicates the potential for both consumers and practitioners to be educated to develop practice dynamics that support patient-centred care and impact on health outcomes.


Visual sociology Social phenomenology Phenomenology Self-care Social constructionism Subjective experience Health consultation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Bickerton
    • 1
  • Sue Procter
    • 1
  • Barbara Johnson
    • 1
  • Angel Medina
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Community and Health SciencesCity UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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