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Communication & Public Health

Why and how is communication important in Public Health?

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Communication is absolutely vital in public health. Public health communication is defined as "the art and technique of informing, influencing, and motivating individual, institutional, and public audiences about important health issues." The health of the population as a whole requires open and clear communication between all parties for several reasons:

1) Open communication between health care professionals (not only doctors, but also nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, administrators, lobbyists, etc) allows for effective care to be implemented. Communication is not one-directional. So, communication within the health care community will involve debate and discussion about what is best and what is necessary. For example, scientists and other experts advise doctors and administrators about new advances in health care; lobbyists will advocate the government and administrators for changes. Without ...

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Communications and public health care examined.