Transparent Communication of Health Risks

Overcoming Cultural Differences

Editors: Garcia-Retamero, Rocio, Galesic, Mirta (Eds.)

  • First book to present between-country comparisons of the total levels of numeracy and graph literacy, and of the effectiveness of risk communication formats in different cultures
  • Presents findings from rigorous experimental and survey research on national samples in different countries
  • Includes validated versions of three important health literacy scales: graph literacy, objective numeracy, and subjective numeracy, in their original English and translated into German and Spanish
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About this book

Recent research in health decision making has shown that many patients, even those with a college education, have difficulties grasping a host of numerical concepts, including percentages and probabilities. Yet, basic numeracy and graph literacy are essential for understanding information relevant to making decisions about health, such as the incidence and prevalence of different diseases, risk reductions from medical screenings and treatments, and risk increases from side effects of treatments and unhealthy behaviors. Patients who have problems understanding such numerical concepts are often prone to errors in risk perception and medical choices. Importantly, informed medical decision making, heavily reinforced these days by the legal requirement for informed consent, depends critically on communication of quantitative medical information. Meeting the challenge of effectively communicating medical information to patients with different levels of numeracy and graph literacy has become more important than ever.

 

Transparent Communication of Health Risks describes a series of cross-cultural studies investigating how people in countries with different medical and educational systems understand numerical and graphical information, what they know about existing medical treatments and screenings, which presentation formats help them better understand the relevant information, and how they use the data to make medical decisions. Focusing on the careful measurement of necessary knowledge and skills, the book also includes validated numeracy and graph literacy scales in English, Spanish, and German. Some of the topics covered in the book are:

  • numeracy and graph literacy for health;
  • measuring risk comprehension in educated samples;
  • communicating information about medical treatment and screening;
  • reducing the effect of framed messages about health;
  • the effect of individual differences on shared decision making; and
  • transparent health information in the media.

Transparent Communication of Health Risks emphasizes the importance and value of working toward the development of tailored risk communication interventions and clarifies the tasks ahead for health psychologists, public health professionals, pharmaceutical and medical education companies, medical physicists, and nurses.

About the authors

Rocio Garcia-Retamero, Ph.D. is an associate professor of experimental psychology at University of Granada. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Jaen and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Granada with a thesis on decision making a causal learning. Her current research interests involve risk perception and communication, shared decision making, physician trust, medical decision making, group decision making, and learning.

Mirta Galesic, Ph.D. is research scientist at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development. She received a bachelor’s and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and an M.Sc. in survey methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the Universities of Maryland and Michigan. Her current research interests include risk perception and communication, relationship between numeracy and understanding of medical information, and factors affecting medical decision making.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This excellent book discusses health information and health risks with various cultures. … it is most appropriate for higher-level practitioners. … This book is helpful because of the limited information on transparent communication of health-related risks for various cultures. … This book is needed in healthcare and can be a valuable asset in analyzing cultural understanding.” (Ami A. Bhatt, Doody's Book Reviews, April, 2013)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Transparent Communication in a Globalized World

    Galesic, Mirta (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Statistical Numeracy for Health

    Galesic, Mirta (et al.)

    Pages 15-28

  • How to Measure Risk Comprehension in Educated Samples

    Cokely, Edward T. (et al.)

    Pages 29-52

  • Graph Literacy for Health

    Galesic, Mirta (et al.)

    Pages 53-65

  • Public Knowledge of Benefits of Breast and Prostate Cancer Screening

    Gigerenzer, Gerd (et al.)

    Pages 67-78

Buy this book

eBook $169.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-4358-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $219.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-4357-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $219.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-9487-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Rent the ebook  
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transparent Communication of Health Risks
Book Subtitle
Overcoming Cultural Differences
Editors
  • Rocio Garcia-Retamero
  • Mirta Galesic
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-4358-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-4358-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-4357-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9487-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 269
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