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How Effective Healthcare Communication Contributes to Health Equity

Effective healthcare communication policies and practices, including provider health literacy, contribute to improving the quality of services for culturally...

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This video shows a very common problem that we continue to face in healthcare - cultural barriers.  This can lead to serious misdiagnosis and mistreatments.  It is so important that healthcare professionals take the time to learn different and respect the diversity of patients who are in the healthcare system.  Providers need to respect all cultures and as professionals, it is their job to make sure that the patient fully understands.  This can be a big issue in cases dealing with medication.  For example, if a patient is prescribed medication but not understand the directions on how to take it, they could put themselves into danger.  Healthcare professionals need to take each and every step possible to ensure their patients fully understand their rights, treatments, and anything else pertinent to their conditions.

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A New Dimension of Health Care: Systematic Review of the Uses, Benefits, and Limitations of Social Media for Health Communication

A New Dimension of Health Care: Systematic Review of the Uses, Benefits, and Limitations of Social Media for Health Communication | Medical Rhetoric | Scoop.it

Background: There is currently a lack of information about the uses, benefits, and limitations of social media for health communication among the general public, patients, and health professionals from primary research.

 

Objective: To review the current published literature to identify the uses, benefits, and limitations of social media for health communication among the general public, patients, and health professionals, and identify current gaps in the literature to provide recommendations for future health communication research.

 

Methods: This paper is a review using a systematic approach. A systematic search of the literature was conducted using nine electronic databases and manual searches to locate peer-reviewed studies published between January 2002 and February 2012.

 

Results: The search identified 98 original research studies that included the uses, benefits, and/or limitations of social media for health communication among the general public, patients, and health professionals. The methodological quality of the studies assessed using the Downs and Black instrument was low; this was mainly due to the fact that the vast majority of the studies in this review included limited methodologies and was mainly exploratory and descriptive in nature. Seven main uses of social media for health communication were identified, including focusing on increasing interactions with others, and facilitating, sharing, and obtaining health messages. The six key overarching benefits were identified as (1) increased interactions with others, (2) more available, shared, and tailored information, (3) increased accessibility and widening access to health information, (4) peer/social/emotional support, (5) public health surveillance, and (6) potential to influence health policy. Twelve limitations were identified, primarily consisting of quality concerns and lack of reliability, confidentiality, and privacy.

 

Conclusions: Social media brings a new dimension to health care as it offers a medium to be used by the public, patients, and health professionals to communicate about health issues with the possibility of potentially improving health outcomes. Social media is a powerful tool, which offers collaboration between users and is a social interaction mechanism for a range of individuals. Although there are several benefits to the use of social media for health communication, the information exchanged needs to be monitored for quality and reliability, and the users’ confidentiality and privacy need to be maintained. Eight gaps in the literature and key recommendations for future health communication research were provided. Examples of these recommendations include the need to determine the relative effectiveness of different types of social media for health communication using randomized control trials and to explore potential mechanisms for monitoring and enhancing the quality and reliability of health communication using social media. Further robust and comprehensive evaluation and review, using a range of methodologies, are required to establish whether social media improves health communication practice both in the short and long terms.

 

To read the rest of the article, you need to access a library's database or go to http://www.jmir.org/2013/4/e85/

 

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Health Literacy Research Roundup: Dental Communication ...

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TweetThis week's key findings in health literacy and health communication research include: A survey of Maryland dentists conducted by the Center for Health Literacy's Catherine Maybury and Dr. Alice Horowitz found that ...
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Big Data Shows Monday is Key to Health Messaging | Tufts Health ...

New research shows promise about when to disseminate health communication messages for smoking cessation campaigns. The study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, Internal Medicine shows that ...
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Talking Science: Environmental and Health Communications in a ...

How can communications professionals, policymakers, and academic experts effectively communicate environmental and health issues in a skeptical era? In the first of two panels, communications directors from US and UN ...
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Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Health Writing and Editing ...

Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Health Writing and Editing ... | Medical Rhetoric | Scoop.it
There's still time to join the Kaiser Family Foundation webinar for journalists reporting on what consumers need to know about health reform. Plus,...

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Health literacy as a public health goal: a challenge for contemporary health education and communication strategies into the 21st century #HealthLit

Health literacy as a public health goal: a challenge for contemporary health education and communication strategies into the 21st century #HealthLit | Medical Rhetoric | Scoop.it

Health literacy is a relatively new concept in health promotion. It is a composite term to describe a range of outcomes to health education and communication activities. From this perspective, health education is directed towards improving health literacy. This paper identifies the failings of past educational programs to address social and economic determinants of health, and traces the subsequent reduction in the role of health education in contemporary health promotion. These perceived failings may have led to significant underestimation of the potential role of health education in addressing the social determinants of health. A ‘health outcome model’ is presented. This model highlights health literacy as a key outcome from health education. Examination of the concept of health literacy identifies distinctions between functional health literacy, interactive health literacy and critical health literacy. Through this analysis, improving health literacy meant more than transmitting information, and developing skills to be able to read pamphlets and successfully make appointments. By improving people's access to health information and their capacity to use it effectively, it is argued that improved health literacy is critical to empowerment. The implications for the content and method of contemporary health education and communication are then considered. Emphasis is given to more personal forms of communication, and community-based educational outreach, as well as the political content of health education, focussed on better equipping people to overcome structural barriers to health.


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New issue of Health Communication Science Digest | Public Health ...

New issue of Health Communication Science Digest | Public Health ... | Medical Rhetoric | Scoop.it
From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): The November issue of Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD or Digest) is now available at http://intranet.cdc.gov/od/oc/hcse/hcsd. This month in the Digest ...
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I'm Beautiful the Way I Am | Tufts Health Communication

I'm Beautiful the Way I Am | Tufts Health Communication | Medical Rhetoric | Scoop.it
This fall, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a new public health communication initiative, I'm a Girl. The campaign aims to enhance young girl self-esteem and counter the unrealistic images of women ...
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