Talking about Health: Why Communication Matters by Roxanne Parrott

By Roxanne Parrott

Written via an award-winning researcher and professor whose paintings straddles the fields of verbal exchange and healthcare, conversing approximately wellbeing and fitness explores the significance of health and wellbeing verbal exchange within the twenty first century, and the way it impacts us all. equipped round six key questions on well-being and communication:  How ‘Normal’ am I? What are My ‘Risk’ components? Why Don’t We Get ‘Care’? Is the general public reliable ‘Good’ for Me? Who gains from My well-being? and What’s Politics acquired to Do with It?Provides readers with particular instruments which which to raised navigate the healthcare systemTranslates what we all know approximately communique and healthiness into worthy directions for daily practiceIncludes discussions of politics and healthcare, genetic checking out, and replacement careThe author's weblog http://whyhealthcommunication.com/whc_blog/ focuses on why speaking approximately health and wellbeing could make a distinction in our health and wellbeing and our caliber of lifestyles

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But it’s not specifically about the habits we have which may promote our well-being or the ones that threaten health. 1 The author’s parents on a hike in Alaska. to health harms. Instead, it considers how and why we act on some content while ignoring other messages that may have more direct meaning for our well-being. The fact of the matter is that communication about “risk,” “at risk,” and “risk factors” is often not acted on in intended ways by most of us. We can go a long way in predicting how communicating about health affects us by taking a look at a few personal characteristics.

24 Since we deal with percentages in many other areas of our lives, we’ve become quite practiced at translating them based on a relationship to 100. When we hear “50 percent,” for example, we probably translate that to mean “half ” – half as likely to die from heart disease or half as likely to benefit from a cholesterol-lowering drug. This may be accurate and help us understand our health status. But it’s sometimes inaccurate and misguides our judgments. 25 We may be told, read online, or hear in the news that being over the age of 50 doubles our risk for some diseases.

Qxd 22 02/02/2009 11:09 AM Page 22 How “Normal” Am I? often on a 1–10 scale like an APGAR score. 24 Since we deal with percentages in many other areas of our lives, we’ve become quite practiced at translating them based on a relationship to 100. When we hear “50 percent,” for example, we probably translate that to mean “half ” – half as likely to die from heart disease or half as likely to benefit from a cholesterol-lowering drug. This may be accurate and help us understand our health status. But it’s sometimes inaccurate and misguides our judgments.

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