Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2011 / Article / Tab 3

Research Article

A Grounded Theory Study of Homeopathic Practitioners' Perceptions and Experiences of the Homeopathic Consultation

Table 3

Category 2: Exploring the journey together.

SubthemeExamples

Disclosing“this is my third consultation with this lady and its only now that she has told me about the death of her daughter” (Diary 1)
Unravelling“It is delicate at this point I need some answers to some questions and I need to understand, I now need to tread carefully so I donot break her trust or go to fast” (Diary 1)
Joint journey where practitioner facilitates“They are on a journey and it’s a process of exploration between the practitioner and the patient, sort of discovery we facilitate and there is joint ownership” (Int 25)
Connecting through exploration“I looked at her and I just said “how did that make you feel” and she just burst into tears and it all came out It was one of those seminal moments in the consultation when suddenly the patients on your side and they’ve really connected with you” (Int 10)
Patient led explorationWhat come out of it is, you know, reveals the patients perception of their illness, not what I’m trying to find out from them, it’s them telling me what’s the matter with them” (Int 7)
Purposeful exploration“All we’re trying to do is get to know that patient homeopathically to be able to match the picture of the patient problems to a picture of the remedy”. (Int 19)
Directive exploration“I donot if this is right but I’m not interested in wading around the issues. I normally push to go into what’s the problem” (Int 14)

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