Meola, Carmina (2013) A SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL LINGUISTIC APPROACH TO PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLETS (PILs). [Tesi di dottorato]

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Item Type: Tesi di dottorato
Lingua: English
Title: A SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL LINGUISTIC APPROACH TO PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLETS (PILs)
Creators:
CreatorsEmail
Meola, Carminamelinameola@yahoo.it
Date: 28 March 2013
Number of Pages: 272
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Scienze Politiche
Scuola di dottorato: Scienze psicologiche e pedagogiche
Dottorato: Lingua inglese per scopi speciali
Ciclo di dottorato: 25
Coordinatore del Corso di dottorato:
nomeemail
Di Martino, Gabrielladimartig@unina.it
Tutor:
nomeemail
Napolitano, Antonellaantonella.napolitano@unisannio.it
Date: 28 March 2013
Number of Pages: 272
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patient Information Leaflets
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-LIN/12 - Lingua e traduzione - lingua inglese
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 09:48
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 12:46
URI: http://www.fedoa.unina.it/id/eprint/9173
DOI: 10.6092/UNINA/FEDOA/9173

Abstract

Patient empowerment and involvement have become increasingly important within the health sector. There has been a lot of focus on patient information, and a document such as the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) has been the subject of an ongoing discussion for the last ten years and more. The PIL is considered as a genre with potentially seven moves, and in this study,I have examined a corpus of PILs within a systemic functional linguistic (SFL) framework to evaluate the moves and other features of this genre. The overall aim of this study was to find whether current PILs meet the needs of patients from a linguistic point of view, and to assess their readability. I have examined the leaflets with reference to genre, discourse semantics, and lexico-grammar. The notion of generic structure potential has also been elaborated to identify the generic structure of PILs in this corpus. Furthermore, I have explored the visual features of layout and design, by taking account of the legal requirements and by applying linguistic theories. The findings show that most of the PILs analysed follow the standard text structure and display plain language features in accordance with a user-friendly and patient-centred approach.

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