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lindsay_macdonaldBackground and interests

Lindsay Macdonald is a registered nurse with wide-ranging clinical interests.

Postgraduate study in linguistics and nursing led to an on-going interest in health communication, particularly in how clinicians and patients talk with each other.

Research activities

Lindsay Macdonald is a member of the Applied Communication in Health (ARCH) research group based in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice.

Communication in clinical practice, using video-recordings of actual consultations and day-to-day health practice activity, is the focus of her research. Wherever possible, participants (clinicians and patients) are partners in the research process.

Other current research interests include interprofessional practice and approaches to weight management.


Thompson, L., Dowell, A., Hilder, J., Macdonald, L., Stubbe, M., & Alchin, J. (2021). How do patients and General Practitioners talk about pain and negotiate empathy in consultations? A direct observational study. Health & Social Care in the Community, 29(5), e153-e162. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13259

Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Gray, L., Hilder, J., Dew, K., & Dowell, T. (2020). Talking about diabetes and healthy lifestyle in primary healthcare: Translating research findings into practice. In L. Mullany (Ed.), Professional communication: Consultancy, advocacy, activism. (pp. 129-150). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-41668-3_7

Hilder, J., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Abels, P., & Dowell, A. C. (2020). Communication in high risk ante-natal consultations: A direct observational study of interactions between patients and obstetricians. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 20, 493. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03015-6

Stubbe, M., Dowell, A., Dew, K., & Macdonald, L. (2019). Interaction analysis of primary care consultations. In F. Goodyear-Smith & B. Mash (Eds.), How to do primary care research. (pp. 241-254). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Pullon, S., Ballantyne, A., Macdonald, L., Barthow, C., Wickens, K., & Crane, J. (2019). Daily decision-making about food during pregnancy: A New Zealand study. Health Promotion International, 34(3), 469-478. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax098

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