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Rethinking Communication in Health and Social Care

by Annette Roebuck

The Bacon Butty Song

Chapter 2 of the book discusses the three dimensions of power that health and social care practitioners can have over service users, and encourages you to consider what type of power you as a professional may hold, what might constrain your uses of that power, and how you deal with power differentials within face-to-face interactions.

The three dimensions of power described in the book are:


  • Power Over Others (Agency)
  • Bias
  • Interests Served.

Watch the video below to help you remember the three dimensions of power, and the impact these can have on service users in real life.

After you have watched the video, return to page 48 of the book and have a go at the questions and activities in Box 2.8 to help put what you have learned into practice!