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Risk Communication and Public Health

Peter Bennett, Kenneth Calman, Sarah Curtis, and Denis Fischbacher-Smith


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 behaviour of 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, ... More

Keywords: risk communication, public health, controversies, news, food safety, environmental issues, medical interventions, lifestyle risks, drinking, public reactions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199562848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Bennett, editor
Head of Analysis for Health Protection, Department of Health, London, UK

Kenneth Calman, editor
Chancellor, University of Glasgow, UK

Sarah Curtis, editor
Professor of Health and Risk, Durham University, UK


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Section 1 Risk, Communication, and the Public Understanding of Uncertainty in Public Health

Section 2 Public Health Risk Communication in Practice

Section 3 From the Inside, Looking Out at Those Looking In—Organizational Issues Around Preparation and Response for Public Health Risks

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