3rd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication

Edited By Teresa L. Thompson, Nancy Grant Harrington Copyright 2022
    630 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    630 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A seminal text in the field, this new edition of The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication provides students and scholars with a comprehensive survey of the subject’s key research foundations and trends, authored by the discipline’s leading scholars.


    The third edition has been completely updated and reorganized to guide both new researchers and experienced scholars through the most critical and contemporary topics in health communication today. There are eight major sections covering a range of issues, including interpersonal and family health communication; patient-provider communication; healthcare provider and organizational health communication; mediated health communication; campaigns, interventions, and technology applications; and broad issues such as health literacy, health equity, and intercultural communication. Attention also is devoted to foundational issues in health communication, such as theory and method; multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary communication research; research translation, implementation, and dissemination; and narrative health communication. There is new attention to policy and NGOs, the environment, public health crises, global health, mental health and mental illness, and marginalized populations such as Black, Latinx (a/o), Native/First People, and LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as the multiple challenges health communication researchers face in conducting research.


    The handbook will continue to serve as an invaluable resource for students, researchers, scholars, policymakers, and healthcare professionals doing work in health communication.

    Section 1: Introduction

    1. The Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary, and Transdisciplinary Nature of Health Communication Scholarship

    Elisia L. Cohen

    2. Theoretical and Methodological Matters in Health Communication: Navigating Current and Future Directions

    Nancy Grant Harrington, Diane B. Francis, and Aurora Occa

    3. Research Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation

    Janice L. Krieger, Donghee Lee, Melissa J. Vilaro, Danyell Wilson-Howard, Aantaki Raisa, and Yewande O. Addie

    4. Narrative Features, Forms, and Functions: Telling Stories to Foster Well-Being, Humanize Healthcare, and Catalyze Change

    Lynn M. Harter, Jill Yamasaki, and Anna M. Kerr

    Section 2: Interpersonal and Family Health Communication

    5. Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Suicide

    Rosalie S. Aldrich and Jessie M. Quintero Johnson

    6. Stigma, Communication, and Health

    Xun Zhu and Rachel A. Smith

    7. Health and Relational Outcomes for Informal Caregivers and Care-Recipients

    Jacqueline Harvey, Meara H. Faw, and Elizabeth S. Parks

    8. Family Health Communication

    Maureen P. Keeley and Lauren Lee

    9. Palliative Care and End-of-Life Communication

    Elaine Wittenberg and Joy Goldsmith

    10. Supportive Communication and Health

    Erina L. MacGeorge and Yanmengqian Zhou

    11. Everyday Interpersonal Communication about Health and Illness

    Katharine J. Head, Jennifer J. Bute, and Katherine E. Ridley-Merriweather 

    Section 3: Patient-Provider Communication

    12. Mutual Persuasion as Patient-Centered Communication

    Jennifer Freytag and Richard L. Street, Jr.

    13. Difficult Conversations between Healthcare Providers and Patients

    Allison M. Scott

    14. Improving Clinician and Patient Communication Skills

    Brianna R. Cusanno, Nivethitha Ketheeswaran, and Carma L. Bylund

    15. Patient-Provider Communication and Health Outcomes

    Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek, Morgan Snyder, Rabecca-Kimberly Hernandez, and Teresa L. Thompson

    Section 4: Healthcare Provider and Organizational Health Communication

    16. The Multiple Voices of Communication in Healthcare

    Margaret F. Clayton, Pearman D. Parker, and Lee Ellington

    17. Interprofessional Communication: Teams, Handoffs, and Multiteam Systems

    Kevin Real, Anne Ray Streeter, and Marshall Scott Poole

    18. Stress and Burnout: A Review of Research in Health Organizations

    Jennifer Ptacek and Julie Apker

    Section 5. Mediated Communication

    19. Health and Media: The Impact of News and Entertainment

    Katherine A. Foss

    20. Consumer Advertising and Health Communication

    Michael Mackert, Deena Kemp, Daniela De Luca, and Rachel Esther Lim

    21. Social Media and Health

    Yan Tian and James D. Robinson

    22. Health Misinformation

    Xiaoli Nan, Yuan Wang, and Kathryn Thier

    Section 6: Campaigns, Interventions, and Technology Applications

    23. Public Health Communication Campaigns

    Kami J. Silk, Tara L. Smith, Charles T. Salmon, Brandon D. H. Thomas, and Thanomwong Poorisat

    24. Community-Based Health Interventions

    Taylor Goulbourne, Charles R. Senteio, Kathryn Greene, and Itzhak Yanovitzky

    25. Technology-based Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Treatment

    Jessica Fitts Willoughby

    26. The Role of Technology in Health Communication: Trends and Trajectories

    Ronald E. Rice, S. Shyam Sundar, and Hyang-Sook Kim

    Section 7: Over-arching Issues in Health Communication

    27. Health Information Seeking

    Nehama Lewis, Nancy Shekter-Porat, and Huda Nasir

    28. Inroads into Healthy Decision Making: The Role of Health Literacy in Health Communication

    Sarah A. Aghazadeh and Linda Aldoory

    29. Communication, Health, and Equity: Structural Influences

    Kasisomayajula Viswanath, Rachel F. McCloud, and Mesfin A. Bekalu

    30. Intercultural Health Communication: Rethinking Culture in Health Communication

    Elaine Hsieh

    31. Global Health Communication

    J. Douglas Storey

    32. Public Health Crises

    Lindsay Neuberger and Ann Neville Miller

    33. Communicating about the Environment and Health

    Amy E. Chadwick

    Section 8: Challenges and Challenging Contexts in Health Communication Research and Practice

    34. Ethical Issues in Health Communication in Clinical and Digital Setting and in Health Communication Campaigns

    Nurit Guttman, Maram Khazen, and Eimi Lev

    35. Rethinking Imbalances of Power through Health Communication: Challenges for Scholars, Practitioners, and Activists

    Angela Cooke-Jackson, Andrew Spieldenner, Nicole Hudak, and Crystal Ben

    36. Conversation Analysis and Health Communication

    Kristella Montiegel and Jeffrey D. Robinson

    37. Advancing Health Communication Research: Issues and Controversies in Research Design and Data Analysis

    Ilona Fridman, Brian G. Southwell, Marco Yzer, and Michael T. Stephenson

    38. Health Communication Research and Practice at the Level of Government, Foundations, Public Policy, and NGOs

    Bradford W. Hesse

    39. Challenges in Conducting Health Communication Research

    Amy Koerber and Avinash Thombre


    Teresa L. Thompson is Professor of Communication at the University of Dayton, USA. She edits the journal Health Communication.

    Nancy Grant Harrington is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky, USA.