Reducing Health Disparities

Author: Mohan J. Dutta
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781433119187
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Over the last five decades, the gap between the haves and have-nots has consistently increased in the realm of access to healthcare services among different sectors of society: from quality of healthcare services, access to health supplies, technologies, and usage of health information and health prevention services, to vulnerability to certain types of diseases and health outcomes. Against this backdrop this edited collection - the first of its kind - uses the framework of communication in order to understand the underlying dimensions of health disparities and the communicative processes, policies, methodologies, and messages that are deployed with the goal of increasing access, improving quality, and addressing the underlying causes.

Health Communication in the 21st Century

Author: Kevin B. Wright
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118339835
Format: PDF, Docs
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This popular and engaging text on health communication is now revised and updated in a second edition that incorporates recent research and boasts new material on topics such as crisis communication, social disparities in health, and systemic reform. Fully revised second edition of this popular and authoritative text Includes fresh material on topics such as crisis communication, health care reform, global health issues, and political issues in health communication New case studies, examples, and updated glossary keep the work relevant and student-friendly Provides effective strategies for healthcare organizations and individuals in communicating with patients Updated and enhanced online resources, including PowerPoint slides, test bank, and instructors manual, available upon publication at

Health Communication

Author: Nancy Grant Harrington
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134063636
Format: PDF, Docs
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Health Communication provides coverage of the major areas of interest in the field of health communication, including interpersonal, organizational, and health media. It takes an in-depth approach to health communication research by analyzing and critically evaluating research conducted across multiple paradigmatic perspectives. This edited textbook includes chapters covering such topics as: interpersonal health communication issues, challenges, and complexities in health communication, communication aspects of health behaviors and conditions, organizational issues in health communication, and media and eHealth research. Chapters have been contributed by noted researchers and educators in health communication and represent the current state of the field. They offer pedagogical features that will prove useful to students and instructors of health communication, such as sidebars, summary boxes, suggestions for in-class activities, discussion questions, and lists of additional resources. A companion website provides online resources for use with this text, including: For students: Test questions Downloadable flash cards Exam study guides For instructors: PowerPoint slides Sample syllabi Sample assignments Developed for use in upper-level health communication courses, this text represents the breadth and depth of health communication theory and research as it exists today.

Encyclopedia of Health Communication

Author: Teresa L. Thompson
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483389782
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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From the dynamics of interpersonal communication between health professionals and clients to global command-and-control during public health emergencies that cross international borders, the field of health communication bridges many disciplines and involves efforts from the micro to the macro. It involves navigating personal, cultural, and political complexities and an ability to distill complex technical science into quickly and easily understood terms for ready distribution by the mass media--or to an individual patient or to the parent of an ailing child. Despite an abundance of textbooks, specialized monographs, and academic handbooks, this is the first encyclopedic reference work in this area, covering the breadth of theory and research on health communication, as well as their practical application. Features: Nearly 600 original articles are organized A-to-Z within a three-volume set to provide comprehensive coverage of this exciting field, including such topics as theories and research traditions; evaluation and assessment; cultural complexities; high risk and special populations; message design and campaigns; provider/patient interaction issues; media issues; and more. All articles were specifically commissioned for this work, signed and authored by key figures in the field, and conclude with cross reference links and suggestions for further reading. Appendices include a Resource Guide with annotated lists of classic books and articles, journals, associations, and web sites; a Glossary of specialized terms; and a Chronology offering an overview and history of the field. A thematic Reader’s Guide groups related articles by broad topic areas as one handy search feature on the e-Reference platform, which also includes a comprehensive index of search terms. This A-to-Z three-volume reference is available in both print and online formats and is a must-have for libraries and researchers who seek comprehensive coverage of the theory, research, and applications of health communication.

Bilingual Health Communication

Author: Elaine Hsieh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317330641
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book examines interpreter-mediated medical encounters and focuses primarily on the phenomenon of bilingual health care. It highlights the interactive and coordinated nature of interpreter-mediated interactions. Elaine Hsieh has put together over 15 hours of interpreter-mediated medical encounters, interview data with 26 interpreters from 17 different cultures/languages, 39 health care providers from 5 clinical specialties, and surveys of 293 providers from 5 clinical specialties. The depth and richness of the data allows for the presentation of a theoretical framework that is not restricted by language combination or clinical contexts. This will be the first book of its kind that includes not only interpreters’ perspectives but also the needs and perspectives of providers from various clinical specialties. Bilingual Health Communication presents an opportunity to lay out a new theoretical framework related to bilingual health care and connects the latest findings from multiple disciplines. This volume presents future research directions that promise development for both theory and practice in the field.

Communication and Racial Disparities in Health Care

Author: Richard M. Perloff
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
ISBN: 9781412940245
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Social class, race, and ethnicity all influence health care disparities for many health care services and illnesses, such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and maternal and child health care. Public health scholars have advanced numerous reasons for these disparities, including physician biases, patients' fatalistic attitudes, cultural patterns, lack of health insurance, and institutional racism. Communication plays a critical role in conveying, reinforcing, and helping to reduce health care inequities. The eight articles in the February 2006 issue of American Behavioral Scientist explore how racial disparities in health care outcomes are related to communication issues. Article highlights include: Focusing on cancer-related health outcomes, the factors that contribute to racial disparities in health care and how various types of communication can both exacerbate problems and /or contribute to high-quality health care (Kreps). A discussion of tailored interventions in public health and insights from studies of multi-level, multi-component interventions designed to promote healthy eating and exercise among rural African-Americans (Kramish Campbell and Quintiliani). Using examples from campaigns designed to increase mammography use and the intake of fruits and vegetables among lower-income African-American women, how subtle culturally sensitive variations in tailoring communications directed at minority audiences can influence health promotion behavior (Kreuter and Haughton). Applying prospect theory and framing concepts to health communications directed at medically underserved populations and the complexities that arise from intersections of message framing with program goals and cultural targeting (Schneider). Insights from 15 years of research on an interactive cancer communication program, the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS), and the consistently positive effects on low-income African-American women's health information competence (Shaw, Gustafson, Hawkins, McTavish, McDowell, Pingree, and Ballard). Two papers that posit that doctors and minority patients frequently miss the mark due to physician perceptions, language barriers, and self-fulfilling prophecy spirals. The first paper includes an integrative perspective on doctor-patient communication and cultural competency. (Perloff, Bonder, Ray, Berlin Ray, and Siminoff); the second paper offers an incisive review of patient-centered communication and patient communication skills training (Cegala and Post). The empirical and moral assumptions surrounding segmentation campaigns designed to reduce racial disparities, including different strategies to build racial segmentation into campaigns, ethical and political quandaries, and contexts in which segmentation may not be the best approach (Hornik and Ramirez). Taken together, these eight articles provide new directions for research on communication and racial disparities. They also provide thoughtful suggestions for campaign practitioners. This incisive issue of American Behavioral Scientist should be in the library of everyone interested in health communication, health disparities, health promotion, minority health, cultural competency training, doctor-patient communication, and public health.

eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities

Author: Michael Christopher Gibbons
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387728155
Format: PDF, ePub
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Paralleling emerging trends in cyber-health technology, concerns are mounting about racial and ethnic disparities in health care utilization and outcomes. This book brings these themes together, challenging readers to use, promote, and develop new technology-based methods for closing these gaps. Edited by a leading urban health advocate and featuring 16 expert contributors, the book examines cyber-strategies with the greatest potential toward effective, equitable care, improved service delivery and better health outcomes for all. The rise of e-Patients and the transformation of the doctor-patient relationship are also discussed.

Speaking of Health

Author: Institute of Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309072719
Format: PDF, Mobi
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We are what we eat. That old expression seems particularly poignant every time we have our blood drawn for a routine physical to check our cholesterol levels. And, it's not just what we eat that affects our health. Whole ranges of behaviors ultimately make a difference in how we feel and how we maintain our health. Lifestyle choices have enormous impact on our health and well being. But, how do we communicate the language of good health so that it is uniformly received-and accepted-by people from different cultures and backgrounds? Take, for example, the case of a 66 year old Latina. She has been told by her doctor that she should have a mammogram. But her sense of fatalism tells her that it is better not to know if anything is wrong. To know that something is wrong will cause her distress and this may well lead to even more health problems. Before she leaves her doctor's office she has decided not to have a mammogram-that is until her doctor points out that having a mammogram is a way to take care of herself so that she can continue to take care of her family. In this way, the decision to have a mammogram feels like a positive step. Public health communicators and health professionals face dilemmas like this every day. Speaking of Health looks at the challenges of delivering important messages to different audiences. Using case studies in the areas of diabetes, mammography, and mass communication campaigns, it examines the ways in which messages must be adapted to the unique informational needs of their audiences if they are to have any real impact. Speaking of Health looks at basic theories of communication and behavior change and focuses on where they apply and where they don't. By suggesting creative strategies and guidelines for speaking to diverse audiences now and in the future, the Institute of Medicine seeks to take health communication into the 21st century. In an age where we are inundated by multiple messages every day, this book will be a critical tool for all who are interested in communicating with diverse communities about health issues.

Patients as Policy Actors

Author: Beatrix Hoffman
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813550858
Format: PDF
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Patients as Policy Actors offers groundbreaking accounts of one of the health field's most important developments of the last fifty years--the rise of more consciously patient-centered care and policymaking. The authors in this volume illustrate, from multiple disciplinary perspectives, the unexpected ways that patients can matter as both agents and objects of health care policy yet nonetheless too often remain silent, silenced, misrepresented, or ignored. The volume concludes with a unique epilogue outlining principles for more effectively integrating patient perspectives into a pluralistic conception of policy-making. With the recent enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, patients' and consumers' roles in American health care require more than ever the careful analysis and attention exemplified by this innovative volume.