Health Risk Communication

Health Risk Communication

by Marijke Lemal
     
 

Health risk communication deals with planned or unplanned communication to the public about the nature, impact and management of a wide array of health threats, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS or influenza pandemics. Traditional health risk communication models used to stress a one-way flow of health risk messages to the public. The dominant focus was on experts (government,…  See more details below

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Health risk communication deals with planned or unplanned communication to the public about the nature, impact and management of a wide array of health threats, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS or influenza pandemics. Traditional health risk communication models used to stress a one-way flow of health risk messages to the public. The dominant focus was on experts (government, health organizations,…) merely disseminating risk information and educating a 'lay' and 'ignorant' public about health threats. However, this simplistic top-down model of communication ignored the complex nature of the audience and the public's understanding of risk information. Fortunately, there has been a shift away from top-down communication about health threats. This book gathers research findings and theoretical reviews with a focus on the role of mass media as sources of health risk information, the role of message formats or frames and risk information source characteristics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622575442
Publisher:
Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/05/2012
Series:
Health and Human Development
Pages:
186

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