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Health Communication: Theoretical and critical perspectives

This frank and bold text sets out to dispel assumptions and fill a much-needed gap in health communication literature

★ ★ ★ ★ 

This frank and bold text sets out to dispel assumptions and fill a much-needed gap in health communication literature.

It re-examines well-known theories and concepts, bringing them up to date, and acknowledges the revolution of IT and global communications and their role in modern life and the future of health communication.

The book provides a detailed critique of the use of theories in practice, acknowledging that health is not linear, directional or uncomplicated.

I particularly liked the sections at the end of each chapter that engage the reader in tasks related to the content and suggest further reading.

The insights discussed under 'implications for practice' help bridge the gap between theory and practice, and the self-reflection boxes challenge and empower the use of theories and models.

It is easy to read and would be suitable for any practice environment bookshelf, for nurses who have a role in health improvement or community development and students on placement.

 

Ruth Cross, Sam Davis, Ivy O’Neil | Polity | 224pp | £16.99 | ISBN: 9780745697734

Reviewed by Aby Mitchell, lecturer in health promotion, public health and primary care, University of West London

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