Risk Communication and Public Health by Peter BennettRisk Communication and Public Health by Peter Bennett

Risk Communication and Public Health

EditorPeter Bennett, Kenneth Calman, Sarah Curtis

Paperback | January 10, 2010

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Controversies about risks to public health regularly hit the news, whether about food safety, environmental issues, medical interventions, or "lifestyle" risks such as drinking. To those trying to manage or regulate risks, public reactions sometimes seem bizarre. To the public, the behaviourof those supposedly "in charge" can seem no less odd. Trust is currently at a premium. This new edition of Risk Communication and Public Health covers the theoretical and research background, and presents a wide range of contemporary case studies and the learning experiences from these, and the political, institutional and organisational issues they raise. It concludes with ananalysis of the lessons learned and gives pointers for the future. The book offers international perspectives, and contributors include representatives from consumer organisations as well as public health practitioners and academics. This edition is substantially updated with new material and casestudies, but retains the same focus - the improvement of communication and promotion of "good practice" in risk communication, in Government, the Health Service and elsewhere.This second edition presents a broad view of the issues around risk communication and public health in a way that will be of interest to a range of public health practitioners, managers and policy makers, postgraduate students and academics in a number of disciplines, and those interested inenvironmental health.
Following a first degree in Physics, Peter Bennett studied the logic, history and philosophy of science, obtaining his DPhil from Sussex University. He joined the Operational Research Group at Sussex, before moving to Strathclyde University, where he became becoming Reader in Management Science and Director of Postgraduate Studies. At...
Title:Risk Communication and Public HealthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.04 inPublished:January 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Risk, communication and the public understanding of uncertainty in public health1. Peter Bennett, Kenneth Calman Sarah Curtis, Denis Smith: Understanding public responses to risk2. Denis Smith, Alan Irwin, Moira Fischbacher: Bringing light to the shadows and shadows to the light: risk, risk management and risk communication3. Lynn Frewer, Heleen Van Dijk, Arnout Fischer: Consumer perceptions of the risks and benefits associated with food hazards4. Nick Pidgeon, Karen Henwood: The social amplification of risk framework (SARP): Theory, critiques and policy implications5. Larry Barton: From trouble to trauma: the need for public-private health partnershipsPart 2: Public health risk communication in practice6. Hugh Pennington: The role of the media in public health crises: Perspectives from the UK and Europe7. Denis Smith, Moira Fischbacher, David BaMaung: Where do we go from here? The evacuation of city centres and the communication of public health risks from extreme threats8. Pat Troop, Anton Dittner: Radiation in London: managing risk communication in the Litvinenko affair9. Rachel Casiday: Risk Communication in the British Pertussis and MMR Vaccine Controversies10. Judith Petts, Heather Draper, Jon Ives, Sarah Damery: Risk communication and pandemic influenza11. David Pryer, Pat Hewitt: CJD: risk communication in a health care setting12. Eva Elliott, Emily Harrop, Gareth Williams: Contesting the science: public health knowledge and action in controversial land-use developments13. Denis Smith, Kenneth Calman: A Precautionary tale - the role of the precautionary principle in policy making for public healthPart 3: From the inside looking out, looking in - organisational issues around preparation and response for public health risks14. Sue Davies: Changes to food risk management and communication15. Moira Fischbacher: Communicating across publics and between organisations: the case of childhood accidents16. Denis Smith, Ray Hudson: Exporting Pandora's Box - Exploitation, risk communication and public health problems associated with the export of hazard17. Sara Fuller, Karen Bickerstaff, Fu-Meng Khaw, Sarah Curtis: Communication about persistent environmental risks: problems of knowledge exchange and potential of participative techniques18. Christine Dunn: Geographical information systems as a means for communicating about public health19. Simon French, John Maule: Exploring and Communicating Risks: Scenario-based workshops20. Peter Bennett, Sarah Curtis, Kenneth Calman, Denis Smith: Embedding better practice in risk communication and public health

Editorial Reviews

"This book is packed with information. It has been well constructed by the editors and brings together a wide variety of perspectives from a very impressive list of authors... it is highly readable, densely packed and valuable source of reference and learning... It comes highly recommended asan addition to the bookshelf for all public health practitioners." --Teri Knight, Health Services Management Centre in the Royal Society of Medicine 15, 67-70