Team talk and problem solving in thoracic medicine


  • Per Måseide Nord University



collaboration, hybrid discourse, medical discourse, problem solving, team talk


The topic of this article is collaborative problem solving conducted as talk and social interaction in a particular team in the thoracic ward of a Norwegian hospital. The problems to be solved were complex and required a team consisting of participants from diverse medical specialties that met regularly to discuss examination procedures, formulate diagnoses, and decide forms of treatment. Data for the article come from field notes and audio recordings made while the author observed this meeting regularly over more than one year. The aim of the paper is to investigate how team discourse was regulated in ways that served the reproduction of institutional medical standards for problem solving, and also how the meeting had to deal with deviations from institutional standards and attempted to reproduce a certain form of normative orderliness and interaction order

Author Biography

Per Måseide, Nord University

Per Måseide received his PhD in sociology from the University of Bergen, Norway and he is currently emeritus Professor of Sociology at Nord University, Norway. His research interests include the social organization of medical work and medical discourse.


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How to Cite

Måseide, P. (2017). Team talk and problem solving in thoracic medicine. Communication and Medicine, 13(1), 9–22.