Health Communication

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Edited by: Gary L. Kreps

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2010 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261897 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781847875785 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261897 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Communication |
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Abstract

Health communication inquiry has developed over the last thirty years as a rapidly growing, active, and important interdisciplinary area of study concerned with the powerful roles performed by human and mediated communication in health care delivery and health promotion. Health communication is an exciting applied behavioral science area of communication inquiry that examines the ways communication influences health, health care delivery, and health promotion. Research concerning health communication is often problem-focused, designed to identify, examine, and solve serious health care and health promotion problems.

The first volume, Health Communication in the Delivery of Health Care, focuses on amongst other things consumer-provider health communication, interprofessional relations and team work in health care services and the role of communication in both leading to and reducing disparities in health ...

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  • Editor's Introduction

    A compilation of the Introductions for all volumes in this text.

    Introduction to Volume I: Health Communication in the Delivery of Health Care
    GaryL.Kreps

    Health communication is a young, vibrant, and interdisciplinary area of applied social scientific inquiry that examines the powerful roles performed by human and mediated communication in the delivery of care, prevention of health risks, and promotion of health (Kreps, 2001). Careful scientific examinations of the ways communication influences the delivery of health care has evolved as an integral part of health services research. A large body of health communication research demonstrates that consumer-provider communication has profound influences on the delivery of care and achievement of desired health outcomes (Kreps, Arora and Nelson, 2003; Kreps and Chapelsky Massimilla, 2002; Kreps, O'Hair and Clowers, ...

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