The Routledge Handbook of Language and Health Communication consists of forty chapters that provide a broad, comprehensive, and systematic overview of the role that linguistics plays within health communication research and its applications.
The Handbook is divided into three sections:
- Individuals’ everyday health communication
- Health professionals’ communicative practices
- Patient-provider communication in interaction
Special attention is given to cross-cutting themes, including the role of technology in health communication, narrative, and observations of authentic, naturally-occurring contexts. The chapters are written by international authorities representing a wide range of perspectives and approaches.
Building on established work with cutting-edge studies on the changing health communication landscape, this volume will be an essential reference for all those involved in health communication and applied linguistics research and practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction :Health communication as applied linguistics Heidi E. Hamilton and Wen-ying Sylvia Chou SECTION I: Individuals’ everyday health communication. Perceptions and understandings about health 1. Health communication "noise": insights from medical anthropology Nancy J. Burke and Judith C. Barker 2. Speaking your health: self-appraised health, discourse and culture Mark R. Luborsky 3. Perceived risk and health risk communication Erika A. Waters, Amy McQueen and Linda D. Cameron 4. If numbers could speak: numeracy and the digital revolution Christina Zarcadoolas and Wendy Vaughon Linguistic constructions of health 5. Corpus linguistics and evidence-based health communication Paul Crawford, Brian Brown and Kevin Harvey 6. A linguistic analysis of diabetes patients’ talk: reported adherence to healthy behaviors Ulla Connor and Kathryn Lauten 7. Health risks and mediated discourse: A case study of "AIDS in action" Rodney H. Jones 8. Contesting chemotherapy, amputation and prosthesis: insights from patient and caregiver accounts Vaidehi Ramanathan 9. Alzheimer’s diagnosis on trial: ethical consequences at the intersection of health and law Peter Lichtenberg and Mark Luborsky Health interactions 10. Applied linguistics as a resource for understanding and advancing health literacy Donald Rubin 11. Health disparities research and practice: the role of language and health communication Sherrie Flynt Wallington 12. Web 2.0 and the changing health communication environment Abby Prestin and Wen-ying Sylvia Chou 13. Interaction in online support groups: advice and beyond Wyke Stommel and Joyce Lamerichs Consuming health messages 14. Quality and usefulness of written communication for patients Rosemary Clerehan 15.Persuasion vs. information in direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs Peter Schulz and Uwe Hartung SECTION II Health professionals’ communicative practices. Professionalization 16. Why read and write in the clinic? The contributions of narrative medicine to health care Rita Charon 17. Presencing in the context of enhancing patient well-being in nursing care Sally Candlin and Christopher N. Candlin 18. Transforming medical school culture: A case of changing conversations Richard M. Frankel and Elaina Chen 19. Communication skills training for resident physicians: a physician-educator perspective Benjamin Blatt and Larrie Greenberg 20. Teaching medical students to become discourse analysts: from conversational transcripts to clinical applications Mei-hui Tsai, Feng-hwa Lu and Richard M. Frankel 21. Exploring communicative interactions between visitors and assisted-living residents with dementia Boyd Davis, Margaret Maclagan and Dena Shenk Inter-professional interactions 22. Health care team communication Melinda M. Villagran and Paula K. Baldwin 23. The interpenetration of communicative contexts: examples from medical encounters Aaron V. Cicourel 24. Mental healthcare professionals’ role performance: challenges in the institutional order of a psychiatric hospital Branca Telles Ribeiro, Diana de Souza Pinto and Claudio Gruber Mann 25. Clinical incident reporting, incident investigation and incident disclosure Rick Iedema SECTION III Patient-provider communication in interaction. Physician-patient visits 26. Before the "official diagnosis": a focus on prediagnostic statements Thomas Spranz-Fogasy 27. After the diagnosis: news disclosures in long-term cancer care Karen S. Schaepe and Douglas W. Maynard 28. Managing hopeful moments in illness and health: initiating and responding to delicate concerns Wayne Beach 29. Medication and morality: analysis of medical visits to address chronic pain Felicia Roberts and Jennifer Kramer 30. The role of the electronic patient record in the clinical consultation Deborah Swinglehurst and Celia Roberts Managing linguistic and cultural diversity 31. Provider-patient communication about complementary and alternative medicine Evelyn Ho and Chris Koenig 32. Negotiation in health, illness, and treatment in Korean oriental medical discourse Ki-tae Kim 33. Nurse midwives’ communicative expertise in obstetric ultrasound encounters Srikant Sarangi and Heidi Gilstad 34. Genetic counseling in multicultural and multilingual contexts Olga Zayts and Alison Pilnick 35. Interpreting in the healthcare setting: access in cross-linguistic communication Claudia Angelelli Ethics in action 36. The contribution of provider-patient communication to health disparities Carma L. Bylund and Emily B. Peterson 37. Analyzing ethics-in-interaction in medical decision-making Ellen Barton and Andrew Winckles 38. Physician-patient communication about cancer clinical trials Richard F. Brown 39. Medical interaction analysis systems: coding challenges when applied to communication in palliative care Lee Ellington, McKenzie Carlisle and Maija Reblin 40. Donation solicitation in interaction: telephone requests for human tissue donations T. Elizabeth Weathersbee
'I commend this book unreservedly as it draws our attention to the crucial role of language in the delivery of safe and effective healthcare and places communication as critical to patient-centred care. It represents a state of the art collection of articles on language and communication from a range of different disciplines and theoretical perspectives. It is of immense value for any student and scholar interested in healthcare, healthcare communication or applied linguistics.'
Diana Slade, Director of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCCH)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia