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2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication

ISBN 9780415883153
Published April 27, 2011 by Routledge
704 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication brings together the current body of scholarly work in health communication. With its expansive scope, it offers an introduction for those new to this area, summarizes work for those already learned in the area, and suggests avenues for future research on the relationships between communicative processes and health/health care delivery.

This second edition of the Handbook has been organized to reflect the goals of health communication: understanding to make informed decisions and to promote formal and informal systems of care linked to health and well-being. It emphasizes work in such areas as barriers to disclosure in family conversations and medical interactions, access to popular media and advertising, and individual searches online for information and support to guide decisions and behaviors with health consequences.

This edition also adds an overview of methods used in health communication and the unique challenges facing health communication researchers applying traditional methods to efforts to gain reliable and valid evidence about the role of communication for health. It introduces the promise of translational research being conducted by health communication researchers from multiple disciplines to form transdisciplinary theories and teams to increase the well-being of not only humans but the systems of care within their nations.

Arguably the most comprehensive scholarly resource available for study in this area, the Routledge Handbook of Health Communication serves an invaluable role and reference for students, researchers, and scholars doing work in health communication.

Table of Contents

Foreword – Barbara Korsch

Section I: Introduction

Ch. 1 -- Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary, and Transdisciplinary Approaches to Health Communication: Where Do We Draw the Lines? – Roxanne Parrott and Matthew W. Kreuter

Ch. 2 – Building Health Communication Theories in the 21st Century – Austin S. Babrow and Marifran Mattson

Ch. 3 – Narrative Turns Epic: Continuing Developments in Health Narrative Scholarship – Barbara F. Sharf, Lynn M. Harter, Jill Yamasaki, and Paul Haidet

Section II. Delivery systems of formal care

Ch. 4 – How Medical Interaction Shapes and Reflects the Physician-Patient Relationship – Debra Roter and Judith Hall

Ch. 5 -- Beyond Primary Care Providers: A Discussion of Health Communication Roles and Challenges for Healthcare Professionals and Others– Margaret F. Clayton and Lee Ellington

Ch. 6 – Telemedicine: Reviewing the Past, Looking Toward the Future – Pamela Whitten, David Cook, and Jennifer Cornacchione

Ch. 7 -- Health Care Teams: Communication and Effectiveness– Kevin Real and Marshall Scott Poole

Ch 8 -- Working Well: Re-Considering Health Communication at Work – Patricia Geist-Martin and Jennifer A. Scarduzio

Ch. 9 -- Relationship Building and Situational Publics: Theoretical Approaches Guiding Today’s Health Public Relations – Linda Aldoory and Lucinda Austin

Ch.10 – Theory and Practice in Risk Communication: A Review of the Literature and Visions for the Future -- Monique Mitchell Turner, Christine Skubisz, and Rajiv N. Rimal

Section III.Health [Mis]information Sources

Ch. 11 -- Health Information Seeking – Ezequiel M. Galarce, Shoba Ramanadhan, and K. Viswanath

Ch. 12 -- Online Health Information: Conceptual Challenges and Theoretical Opportunities – S. Shyam Sundar, Ronald E. Rice, Hyang-Sook Kim and Chris N. Sciamanna

Ch. 13 -- Developing Effective Media Campaigns for Health Promotion – Kami J. Silk, Charles K. Atkin, and Charles T. Salmon

Ch. 14 -- International Health Communication Campaigns in Developing Countries – Anthony J. Roberto, Lisa Murray-Johnson and Kim Witte

Ch. 15-- Social Marketing: Its Meaning, Use, and Application for Health Communication -- Timothy Edgar, Julie E. Volkman, and Alison M. B. Logan

Ch. 16 -- Popular Media and Health: Images and Effects – Kimberly N. Kline

Ch. 17-- Advertising in Health Communication: Promoting Pharmaceuticals and Dietary Supplements to US Consumers – Denise E. DeLorme, Jisu Huh, Leonard N. Reid, and Soontae An

Section IV. Mediators and Moderators of Care and Understanding

Ch. 18 -- Explaining Illness: Issues Concerning the Co-Construction of Explications – Teresa L. Thompson, Bryan B. Whaley, and Anne M. Stone

Ch. 19 – Integrating Health Literacy in Health Communication – Kenzie A. Cameron, Michael S. Wolf , and David W. Baker

Ch. 20 -- Culture, Communication and Health: A Guiding Framework – Mohan J. Dutta and Ambar Basu

Ch. 21 -- Social Support, Social Networks, and Health – Daena J. Goldsmith and Terrance L. Albrecht

Ch. 22 – Computer-Mediated Social Support: Promises and Pitfalls for Individuals Coping with Health Concerns – Kevin B. Wright, Amy Janan Johnson, Daniel R.Bernard, and Joshua Averbeck

Ch. 23 – Insights About Health from Family Communication Theories – Loretta L. Pecchioni and Maureen P. Keeley

Ch. 24 -- Everyday Interpersonal Communication and Health – Rebecca J. Welch Cline

Section V. [Un]intended Outcomes of Health Communication

Ch. 25—Patient-Centered Communication During Collaborative Decision Making– Mary Politi and Richard L. Street, Jr.

Ch. 26 – Provider-Patient Interaction and Related Outcomes – Ashley P. Duggan and Teresa L. Thompson

Ch. 27 – Stress, Burnout, and Supportive Communication: A Review of Research in Health Organizations– Eileen Berlin Ray and Julie Apker

Ch. 28 – Life Span and End-of-Life Health Communication – Joy Goldsmith, Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Sandra Ragan, and Jon F. Nussbaum

Ch. 29 – Stigma, Communication, and Health – Rachel A. Smith

Ch. 30 – Communication and Health Disparities – Khadidiatou Ndiaye , Janice L. Krieger, Jennifer R. Warren, and Michael L. Hecht

Ch. 31 – Health Communication and Health Information: Priority Issues, Policy Implications and Research Opportunities for Healthy People 2020 – Linda M. Harris, Cynthia Bauer, Molla S. Donaldson, R. Craig Lefebvre, Emily Dugan, and Sean Arayasirikul

Section VI. Methods in Health Communication

Ch. 32 – Conversation Analysis and Health Communication – Jeffrey D. Robinson

Ch. 33 -- Social Networks and Health Communication – Thomas W. Valente

Ch. 34-- Qualitative Methods: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Daily Practice – Athena du Pré and Sonia J. Crandall

Ch. 35 -- Community Organizing Research Approaches – James W. Dearing, Bridget Gaglio, and Borsika A. Rabin

Ch. 36 -- Advancing Health Communication Research: Issues and Controversies in Research Design and Data Analysis – Michael T. Stephenson, Brian G. Southwell, and Marco Yzer

Ch. 37 – Using New Technologies to Enhance Health Communication Research Methodology– Susan E. Morgan, Andy J. King, and Rebecca K. Ivic

Section VII. Overarching Issues in Health Communication

Ch. 38 -- Translating Health Communication Research into Practice:  The Influence of Health Communication Scholarship on Health Policy, Practice, and Outcomes – Gary L. Kreps

Ch. 39 – (Re)Viewing Health Communication and Related Interdisciplinary Curricula: Towards a Transdisciplinary Perspective– Nichole Egbert, Jim L. Query Jr., Margaret M. Quinlan, Carol A. Savery, and Amanda R. Martinez

Ch. 40 -- Ethics in Communication for Health Promotion in Clinical Settings and Campaigns: New Challenges and Enduring Dilemmas – Nurit Guttman

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Teresa L. Thompson is Professor of Communication at the University of Dayton, USA. She edits the journal Health Communication, and has authored or edited seven books and over 70 articles on various aspects of health communication. She is the 2009 National Communication Association/International Communication Association Health Communication Scholar of the Year.

Roxanne Parrott is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, with a joint appointment in Health Policy & Administration. She was the recipient of the ICA/NCA Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award in 2004.

Jon Nussbaum is a Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Human Development & Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Communication Association, and former editor of the Journal of Communication. He received the 2007 Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award from ICA/NCA.


"The Handbook of Health Communication represents an extraordinary collaboration of noted scholars in health communication....I highly recommend it as a reference for all graduate students in health communication and as a graduate level textbook; no other volume reaches the bar set by this handbook's comprehensive overview and cutting-edge analysis. The Handbook of Health Communication is well worth the investment and will undoubtedly prove vastly influential in the field of health communication for years to come."
Communication Research Trends

"With its expansive scope, this distinctive volume provides an introduction for those readers who are new to this area of study and brings together the current body of scholarly work in health communication."
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