Evidence-based Health Communication

Evidence-based Health Communication

By (author) Brian Brown , By (author) Paul Crawford , By (author) Ronald Carter


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What is evidence-based health communication and how does it benefit patients? How has communication been taught to health professionals and how might it be improved? How can health care professionals make the most of short encounters in order to maximise their therapeutic effectiveness for clients? This book provides a comprehensive and critical review of the field of health communication and the kinds of evidence that have been collected concerning effective communication. It also critically evaluates the kinds of training health professionals receive in communication skills and examines its relatively limited role in the curriculum. In addition, it sets out what has been discovered about the micro-structure of interaction in health care encounters. The book offers vital new agendas for research training and practice in health care, based upon lessons learned from linguistics, using a wide variety of gathered evidence to identify patterns that will lead to improved health care practices. Moreover, the book focuses upon brief, ordinary and effective communicative activity in addition to the formal consultations that have been studied by researchers in the past. "Evidence-based Health Communication" is key reading for trainee health professionals as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of health studies, medical sociology and health psychology. It also provides stimulating reading for health care professionals, policy makers and researchers with an interest in improving health communication.

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 170 x 236 x 16mm | 421.85g
  • 28 Feb 2007
  • Milton Keynes
  • English
  • 0335219950
  • 9780335219957
  • 873,565

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Brian Brown is based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University. He has interests spanning philosophy, linguistics, the study of community mental health care, risk and safety as well as communication and is particularly interested in the application of theoretical perspectives across disciplines. Dr Paul Crawford,University of Nottingham, is a nurse educator with a special interest in interpersonal skills and their development in the training of the next generation health care professionals. He is centrally involved in the co-ordination of interpersonal skills training for nursing degrees at Nottingham. Professor Ron Carter is co-founder (with Dr Crawford) of the Health Language Research Group at Nottingham and is an internationally renowned linguist, with interests in spoken language, corpus linguistics, vocabulary and the grammar of spoken English. He directs the project building the CANCODE corpus of spoken English. The Observer recently described Professor Carter as 'the country's leading expert on conversation' (2005) with a special interest in intercultural communication and the teaching of English as a second language.

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