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3rd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication

ISBN 9780367487447
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
630 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 challenges 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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.