Review: COVID-19, fake news and the role of the general practice nurse

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Review: COVID-19, fake news and the role of the general practice nurse

Review: COVID-19, fake news and the role of the general practice nurse

This article suggests that nurses are in a unique position to address misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19.

Confusing and incorrect information about COVID-19 is being shared by both traditional and social media outlets. Misinformation, disinformation, and rumors can lead to fear, anxiety, distrust, and dangerous behaviors. Because nurses are the most trusted health profession, they have an opportunity identify COVID-19 misconceptions and direct people to reliable sources of information.

|2020-05-21T08:35:06-04:00May 21st, 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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