Review: Clarification of the concept of risk communication and its role in public health crisis management in China

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Review: Clarification of the concept of risk communication and its role in public health crisis management in China

Review: Clarification of the concept of risk communication and its role in public health crisis management in China

This article focuses on the need for government leaders to strengthen risk communication by employing better information exchange and cooperation among governmental departments.

Risk communication is considered to be one of the main functions of an emergency public health crisis by the World Health Organization. Effective risk communication involves interactions and exchange of information between risk assessment and risk management. This mutual communication among all stakeholders is vital to produce consistent messages that incite trust and avoid panic. Effective risk communication strengthens the authority of the government and the health sector, improves the handling of the crisis and the public’s sentiment towards the crisis, and enhances social stability. Government departments must be open and transparent in their communication about the uncertainty and contingency of risk. Healthy crisis communication can reduce or eliminate social concerns, anxiety, and negative effects on population health, social stability, and economic development.

|2020-04-30T10:20:40-04:00April 30th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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