Effective risk communication is essential to the well-being of any organization and those people who depend on it. Ineffective communication can cost lives, money, and reputations. This guide provides the scientific foundations for effective communication. It summarizes the relevant research, draws out its implications for communication design, and provides practical ways to evaluate and improve communications for any decision involving risks and benefits.
The Centre for Health Communication and Participation was established as a part of the Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing at La Trobe University in 2009. Its reason for being springs from the work of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group. The Centre provides evidence and information about ongoing research in the health sciences. The resource bank lists Cochrane systematic reviews that are relevant to people’s health communication and participation needs and has been produced by manually searching The Cochrane Library.
The report Initiatives for Health Aging in Canada focuses on regional health authority and other local level frameworks, initiatives, programs, and/or strategies to support healthy aging in five key areas: social connectedness, physical activity, healthy eating, falls prevention, and tobacco control. CADTH produces Environmental Scans on emerging issues in health care technology to support health care decision making and policy development in Canada.
A 2010 Pew survey showed that 27% of Americans live with disabilities that interfere with daily living. Two percent have a disability or illness that makes it harder or impossible to use the Internet. Fifty-four percent with disabilities use the Internet compared with 81% who report no disability. Disability is associated with being older, less educated and living in a low-income household. In contrast, Internet use is statistically associated with being younger, college-educated and living in a higher-income household. When demographic factors are controlled, living with disability is negatively correlated with someone's likelihood of having Internet access.
This Pew Internet report shows how support networks in health often include online peers especially for rare diseases. Health professionals are the main sources of information for Americans with health questions but "peer-to-peer healthcare" is a major supplement. This report is based on a national telephone survey of 3001 adults which captures an estimate of how widespread social networks are in the US. Data is based on a telephone survey and additional analysis is based on an online survey of 2156 members of the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
The Internet has changed our relationship with information. The data consistently shows that doctors, nurses and other health professionals continue to be the first choice for most people with health concerns. However, online resources and advice from peers are significant sources of health information and advice for Americans. The findings are based on a national telephone survey conducted in 2010 among 3,001 adults in the U.S. The complete methodology and results are appended to the report.