Communicating About Health: Current Issues and Perspectives / Edition 3

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Overview


The leading text in its market, Communicating About Health: Current Issues and Perspectives, Third Edition, provides a more far-reaching approach than any other health communication text. Written by Athena du Pré--an experienced researcher and noted scholar--the book offers an excellent balance of theory and practice; research and pedagogy; coverage of patient/caregiver issues; and material on the current, historical, and philosophical backgrounds of communication in health care.

Now in its third edition, this highly engaging text is more accessible than ever to students. It integrates many more real-life examples and case studies and also builds upon the previous editions' coverage of diversity, featuring new material on cultures and health systems within the U.S. and abroad. A brand-new chapter, "Public Health Crises and Health Care Reform" (Chapter 12), addresses timely concerns about modern health care.

In addition, the third edition incorporates enhanced pedagogical features and new supplemental resources, including:

Career Opportunity boxes showcasing more than one hundred careers related to health communication and links to job listings and further information

Can You Guess? boxes challenging students to consider such questions as "Which state has the highest percentage of uninsured residents?" and "In which country do people have the longest life expectancy on earth?"

Instructor's Manual (available both in print and online at www.oup.com/us/dupre) featuring sample syllabi, test questions, class activities, and more

An ideal combination of communication theory and practical advice, Communicating About Health, Third Edition, is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses in health communication, health promotions and campaigns, and public health. It is also an indispensable resource for readers looking to improve their communication abilities in the health care field.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is the best introduction to the field and makes the best choices for scope and content coverage. My students enjoy reading it and applying its concepts and discussions to cases we otherwise read or watch. [Its main strengths are its] readability and inclusion of nods to health communication research. I am also in debt to du Pré's strategy of summarizing patient/provider challenges first and then approaching them from each party's perspectives (Chapters 3 - 5)."--Michael Dennis, University of Kansas

"Communicating About Health represents a high-quality choice for an upper-level course. The text is engaging and substantive. A+. . . excellent in every way. It appears to be the best book that I've encountered on the market."--Ellen Cohn, University of Pittsburgh

"[The] du Pré text was ranked number one from a sample of seventy-seven professors teaching health throughout the U.S. . . . . [The book] appeals to more than typical health communication students and is likely to be used in departments outside Communication. . . . It is engaging, well-conceptualized and articulated, as well as a very student-friendly book."--Jim Query, James Madison University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195380330
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 362,921
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Athena du Pré is a Professor in the department of Communication Arts at the University of West Florida.

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Table of Contents

Each Chapter ends with a Summary, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, and Answers to "Can You Guess?" boxes

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