Theorising Multidisciplinary Team Meetings in Mental Health Clinical Practice

  • Cordet SmartEmail author
  • Timothy Auburn
Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)


In this chapter, we seek to examine the implications for multidisciplinary team meetings of adopting an ‘emic’ discursive approach. By specifically employing a conversation analytic framework, we show how meetings are contexts which are endogenously constituted. Meetings display a particular social organisation to which participants orientate and sustain on a turn-by-turn basis. Features unique to the social organisation of meetings include the role of the chair, an agenda and allocation of turns through the chair. These features are illustrated with extracts from team meetings. The implications of this framework for interprofessional working in teams are also considered.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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