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The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication

Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson , Nancy Grant Harrington

Print publication date:  September  2021
Online publication date:  September  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367488956
eBook ISBN: 9781003043379
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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

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary, and Transdisciplinary Nature of Health Communication Scholarship Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Theoretical and Methodological Matters in Health Communication Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Research Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Narrative Features, Forms, and Functions Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Suicide Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Stigma, Communication, and Health Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Health and Relational Outcomes for Informal Caregivers and Care-Recipients Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Family Health Communication Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Palliative Care and End-of-Life Communication Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Social Support, Supportive Communication, and Health Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Everyday Interpersonal Communication About Health and Illness Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Mutual Persuasion as Patient-Centered Communication Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Difficult Conversations Between Healthcare Providers and Patients Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Improving Clinician and Patient Communication Skills Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Patient-Provider Communication and Health Outcomes Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Multiple Voices of Communication in Healthcare Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Interprofessional Communication Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Stress and Burnout Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Health and Media Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Consumer Advertising and Health Communication Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Social Media and Health Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Health Misinformation Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Public Health Communication Campaigns Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Community-Based Health Interventions Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Technology-Based Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Treatment Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Role of Technology in Health Communication Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Health Information Seeking Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Inroads Into Healthy Decision-Making Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Communication, Health, and Equity Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Intercultural Health Communication Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Global Health Communication Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Public Health Crises Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Communicating About the Environment and Health  Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Ethical Issues in Health Communication in Clinical and Digital Settings and in Health Communication Campaigns Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Rethinking Imbalances of Power Through Health Communication Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Conversation Analysis and Health Communication Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Advancing Health Communication Research Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Health Communication Research and Practice at the Level of Government, Foundations, Public Policy, and NGOs  Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Challenges in Conducting Health Communication Research Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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