The importance of mass communication in promoting positive health

Thomas Lom

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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The importance of mass communication in promoting positive health

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Medical science is enabling an explosion of discovery in diagnostic tools and in the development of new treatments and products. But how do we take advantage if we are not aware? That is where the power of mass communication comes into play.

In a world with increasingly motivated and empowered patients, these go well beyond just the for-profit companies such as the pharmaceutical industry and include payers, governments, health care professionals, and institutions. The motivation for the dissemination of health information is a convergence of public health interest and public health policy with private sector commercial interests....

Chapter.  2490 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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