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"This new edition of Risk Communication and Public Health covers the theoretical and research background, and presents a wide range of contemporary case studies and the learning experiences from these, and the political, institutional and organisational issues they raise. It concludes with an analysis of the lessons learned and gives pointers for the future. The book offers international perspectives, and contributors include representatives from consumer organisations as well as public health practitioners and academics. This edition is substantially updated with new material and case studies, but retains the same focus - the improvement of communication and promotion of "good practice" in risk communication, in Government, the Health Service and elsewhere." This second edition presents a broad view of the issues around risk communication and public health in a way that will be of interest to a range of public health practitioners, managers and policy makers, postgraduate students and academics in a number of disciplines, and those interested in environmental health.

Disc. practical examples and lessons learned, what to report & how; public response; political influences, etc.

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"'Decisions about risks are not technical, but value decisions.' This statement is clarified and fully explored in the four parts of this appealing volume. The cast is British, but the extensive range of backgrounds and experience ensures that both the state-of-the-art and future perspectives about risk communication and public health are comprehensively covered. This book presents insights and experiences that should be seen as potential tactics , ingredients, or tools to work with when confronted with another crisis." -- Wim Verbeke, Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University, Dissecting Room

"Anyone involved in risk communication should find this book useful. It is up to date and well referenced and indexed." -- John C. Licciardone, University of North Texas Health Science Centre

"This is a risky book. It is published at a time when public interest in public health issues is probably greater than at any time before. The book is risky because it is honest: honest about the state of knowledge about risk and risk communication across a wide range of public health issues, and honest about the state of relationships between science, the public and those public institutions responsible for regulating risk. Risk Communication and Public Health should be required reading for policy makers and professionals responsible for public health... campaigners, academics and students will also find it of value. An edited collection with crisp analysis of the issues." -- Steve Cropper, Keel from Amazon.co.uk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198508991
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Oxford Medical Publications
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Following a first degree in Physics, Peter Bennett studied the logic, history and philosophy of science, obtaining his DPhil from Sussex University. He joined the Operational Research Group at Sussex, before moving to Strathclyde University, where he became becoming Reader in Management Science and Director of Postgraduate Studies. At the same time, he was involved in applied research and consultancy projects for clients ranging from community groups to transnational companies. He joined the Department of Health as a Principal OR Analyst in 1996, and since then has been heavily involved in analyses of risks to Public Health. He produced the Department of Health guidelines on Risk Communication. He now leads a cross-disciplinary team of analysts in the Heath Improvement and Protection Directorate of the Department, and is acting Head of Profession for Operational Research. Sir Kenneth Calman is Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. He graduated in medicine (with commendation) in 1967. He moved into the Department of Surgery in Glasgow and proceeded to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and an MD Thesis with Honours on Organ Preservation. In 1972, he was the MRC Clinical Research Fellow at the Chester Beatty Research Institute in London and returned to Glasgow in 1974 as Professor of Oncology. He remained in that post for 10 years. In 1984 he became Dean of Postgraduate Medicine and Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Glasgow and Consultant Physician with an interest in palliative care at Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow. He is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and President of the Institute of medical Ethics. Sarah Curtis is Professor of Health and Risk at Durham University. She has extensive international research experience in geography of health and health services, especially on inequalities of health and access to health care, health care needs assessment, health impact assessment and development of healthy public policy. Her research covers topics including: adaption of health and social care systems to changing risks of climate change (funded by EPSRC); Health Impact Assessment of urban regeneration schemes, (for Dept of Health, and other agencies); development of healthy public policy (with agencies in Canada and UK); ESRC funded research on effects of the socio-economic environment on well-being and health of adults and children; research funded by British Academy on hospital design; International research on migration, health and wellbeing supported by ESRC; comparative research on geographical variation in psychiatric service use supported by the Office of Mental Health for New York State. Denis Smith is Professor of Management at the University of Glasgow. His main research interests are in the areas of: organisational resilience, risk and crisis management; adverse events in health care; complexity and organisational performance (especially around health care organisations and the emergency services); human error and systems failure; and the role of embedded error cost in strategic change. Professor Smith's work has been concerned with issues of risk management and business continuity and this has been carried out over a 25 year period. His early work was concerned with the evacuation of urban areas due to extreme events - an interest he maintains to this day. He has also undertaken research on the training and performance of crisis management teams, the production of emergency/contingency plans (and their limitations), and the processes by which vulnerability can be generated within organisations and urban 'space'.

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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Risk, communication and the public understanding of uncertainty in public health

1 Understanding public responses to risk: policy and practice Peter Bennett Bennett, Peter Kenneth Calman Calman, Kenneth Sarah Curtis Curtis, Sarah Denis Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Denis

2 Bringing light to the shadows and shadows to the light: risk, risk management and risk communication Denis Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Denis Alan Irwin Irwin, Alan Moira Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Moira

3 Consumer perceptions of the risks and benefits associated with food hazards Lynn Frewer Frewer, Lynn Heleen Van Dijk Van Dijk, Heleen Arnout Fischer Fischer, Arnout

4 The social amplification of risk framework SARF: theory, critiques and policy implications Nick Pidgeon Pidgeon, Nick Karen Henwood Henwood, Karen

5 From trouble to trauma: the need for public-private health partnerships Laurence Barton Barton, Laurence

Pt. 2 Public health risk communication in practice

6 The role of the media in public health crises: perspectives from the UK and Europe Hugh Pennington Pennington, Hugh

7 Where do we go from here? The evacuation of city centres and the communication of public health risks from extreme threats Denis Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Denis Moira Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Moira David BaMaung BaMaung, David

8 Radiation in London: managing risk communication in the Litvinenko affair Pat Troop Troop, Pat Anton Dittner Dittner, Anton

9 Risk Communication in the British Pertussis and MMR Vaccine Controversies Rachel Casiday Casiday, Rachel

10 Risk communication and pandemic influenza Judith Petts Petts, Judith HeatherDraper Draper, Heather Jonathan Ives Ives, Jonathan Sarah Damery Damery, Sarah

11 CJD: risk communication in a healthcare setting David Pryer Pryer, David Patricia Hewitt Hewitt, Patricia

12 Contesting the science: public health knowledge and action in controversial land-use developments Eva Elliott Elliott, Eva Emily Harrop Harrop, Emily Gareth H. Williams Williams, Gareth H.

13 A precautionary tale - the role of the precautionary principle in policy-making for public health Denis Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Denis Kenneth Calman Calman, Kenneth

Pt. 3 From the inside looking out, looking in - organisational issues around preparation and response for public health risks

14 Changes to food risk management and communication Sue Davies Davies, Sue

15 Communicating across publics and between organisations: the case of childhood accidents Moira Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Moira

16 Exporting Pandora's Box - exploitation, risk communication and public health problems associated with the export of hazard Denis Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Denis Ray Hudson Hudson, Ray

17 Communication about persistent environmental risks: problems of knowledge exchange and potential of participative techniques Sara Fuller Fuller, Sara Karen Bickerstaff Bickerstaff, Karen Fu-Meng Khaw Khaw, Fu-Meng Sarah Curtis Curtis, Sarah

18 Geographical information systems as a means for communicating about public health Christine Dunn

19 Exploring and Communicating Risks: Scenario-based workshops Simon French French, Simon John Maule Maule, John

20 Embedding better practice in risk communication and public health Peter Bennett Bennett, Peter Sarah Curtis Curtis, Sarah Kenneth Calman Calman, Kenneth Denis Fischbacher-Smith Fischbacher-Smith, Denis


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