1st Edition

Health Communication in Practice A Case Study Approach

Edited By Eileen Berlin Ray Copyright 2005
    402 Pages
    by Routledge

    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    Health Communication in Practice: A Case Study Approach offers a comprehensive examination of the complex nature of health-related communication. This text contains detailed case studies that demonstrate in-depth applications of communication theory in real-life situations.

    With chapters written by medical practitioners as well as communication scholars, the cases included herein cover a variety of topics, populations, contexts and issues in health communication, including:

    *provider-recipient communication and its importance to subsequent diagnosis and treatment;
    *social identity, particularly how people redefine and renegotiate their social identity;
    *communication dynamics within families and with health care providers through unexpected health situations;
    *delivery of health care; and
    *health campaigns designed to disseminate health-related information and change behaviors.

    Reflecting the changes in health communication scholarship and education over the past decade, chapters also explore current topics such as delivering bad news, genetic testing, intercultural communication, grieving families, and international health campaigns. A list of relevant concepts and definitions is included at the end of each case to help students make connections between the scenario and the communication theories it reflects.

    With its breadth of coverage and applied, practical approach, this timely and insightful text will serve as required reading in courses addressing the application of communication theory in a health-related context.

    Contents: Introduction. Part I: Issues in Provider-Recipient Communication. D.J. Cegala, The First Three Minutes. T.L. Thompson, C. Gillotti, Staying Out of the Line of Fire: A Medical Student Learns About Bad News Delivery. A.S. Babrow, D.O. Dinn, Problematic Discharge From Physical Therapy: Communicating About Uncertainty and Profound Values. B.F. Sharf, P. Haidet, T.L. Kroll, "I Want You to Put Me in the Grave With All My Limbs": The Meaning of Active Health Participation. R.J.W. Kline, H.N. Young, Direct Marketing Directs Health Care Relationships?: The Role of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs in Physician-Patient Communication. Part II: Issues in Decision Making. C.L. Bylund, R.S. Imes, Communication and Shared Decision Making in Context: Choosing Between Reasonable Options. D. O'Hair, S.R. Thompson, L. Sparks, Negotiating Cancer Care Through Communication. T.M. Edgar, D.W. Satterfield, B.B. Whaley, Explanations of Illness: A Bridge to Understanding. J.E. Kopfman, E.B. Ray, Talking to Children About Illness. Part III: Issues in Social Identity. K.J. Silk, A Treatment Team Approach: The Negotiation of Rehabilitation Goals for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury. L. Murray-Johnson, C. McGrew, Communication Accommodation in Counseling. L.S. Rintamaki, D.E. Brashers, Social Identity and Stigma Management for People Living With HIV. L.A. Ford, B.C. Christmon, Every Breast Cancer Is Different: Illness Narratives and the Management of Identity in Breast Cancer. D.O. Braithwaite, P. Japp, "They Make Us Miserable in the Name of Helping Us": Communication of Persons With Visible and Invisible Disabilities. Part IV: Issues in Family Dynamics. R.L. Parrott, J.L. Weiner, Communicating About Family History in an Age of Genomic Health Care: Expanding the Role of Genetic Counseling. C.B. Mills, Catching Up With Down Syndrome: Parents' Experiences in Dealing With the Medical and Therapeutic Communities. C.R. Hullet, Grieving Families: Social Support After the Death of a Loved One. L.J. Flint, J.L. Query, Jr., A. Parrish, Negotiating Communication Challenges While Experiencing Alzheimer's Disease: The Case of One Hispanic Family. M.J. Pitts, J.L. Krieger, J.F. Nussbaum, Finding the Right Place: Social Interaction and Life Transitions Among the Elderly. Part V: Issues in Health Care Delivery. J. Apker, Role Negotiation, Stress, and Burnout: A Day in the Life of "Supernurse." G.B. Ray, Medical Care, Health Insurance, and Family Resources: Complications to Otherwise Good News. C.V. Angelelli, P. Geist-Martin, Enhancing Culturally Competent Health Communication: Constructing Understanding Between Providers and Culturally Diverse Patients. A.G. Murphy, E.M. Eisenberg, K.M. Sutcliffe, S. Schenkel, The Patient in 4: Framing and Sense-Making in Emergency Medicine. J.C. Lammers, K.A. Lindholm, H.M. Hazeu, Reorganized Medical Practice: An Institutional Perspective on Neonatal Care. A. du Pré, Making Empowerment Work: Medical Center Soars in Satisfaction Ratings. Part VI: Issues in Information Dissemination. L.C. Lederman, L.P. Stewart, No, Everybody Doesn't: Changing Mistaken Notions of the Extent of Drinking on a College Campus. C.S. Beck, Personal Stories and Public Activism: The Implications of Michael J. Fox's Public Health Narrative for Policy and Perspectives. K. Witte, Journey of Life: A Radio Soap Opera on Family Planning in Ethiopia. G.L. Kreps, Narrowing the Digital Divide to Overcome Disparities in Care.


    Eileen Berlin Ray

    "...this text is a must-have for students, teachers, and public health practitioners interested in health communication. Health Communication in Practice: A Case Study Approach is a rich, educational, and well-written book. Psychologists in medical and rehabilitation settings will find this book most useful, but there are relevant sections for psychologists from a variety of  backgrounds and interests."


    "This collection can be valuable as a textbook or education material for medical students, communication students, and practitioners in both fields. This collection is of value to the general public, because they influence how society understand and copes with health issues."
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