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Risk, Communication N Health Problem, Sc : UK Higher Education OUP Psychology - Dianne Berry

Risk, Communication N Health Problem, Sc

UK Higher Education OUP Psychology

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780335213511
Number Of Pages: 184

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"...this text...will become a reference for years to come."
Health Expectations

This is the first book to clearly assess the increasingly important area of communication of risk in the health sector. We are moving away from the days when paternalistic doctors managed healthcare without involving patients in decision making. With the current emphasis on patient empowerment and shared decision making, patients want and need reliable, comprehensive and understandable information about their conditions and treatment. In order to make informed decisions, the people concerned must understand the risks and benefits associated with possible treatments. But the challenge for health professionals is how best to communicate this complex medical information to diverse audiences.

The book examines:

  • Risk: defining and explaining how the term is used by different disciplines, how its meanings have changed over time and how the general public understand it
  • Health communication and the effects on health behaviours
  • Effective risk communication to individuals and the wider public
  • Effectiveness of patient information leaflets, and strategies for improving oral and written health communications
  • The cognitive and emotional issues at stake for patients in understanding risk and health information
  • The use of new technologies in risk and health communication
  • Ethical issues, and the future of risk communication

Using examples from disciplines including psychology, sociology, health, medicine, pharmacy, statistics and business and management, this book is key reading for students who need to understand the effect of risk in health psychology as well as for health professionals interested in doctor-patient communication, informed consent and patient welfare.

Series editor's foreword Preface An introduction to risk communication in health Defining and explaining risk Communicating probabilistic information Understanding and influencing people's health behaviours
Communicating information about health and treatment Patient information leaflets and the provision of written information Other risk scales and tools for aiding understanding of health related information Conclusions and future challenges
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ISBN: 9780335213511
ISBN-10: 0335213510
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Psychology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1