ERIC Number: ED347587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Visual Symbols To Promote Communication between Health Care Providers and Receivers.
Moriyama, Masaki; Harnisch, Delwyn L.
Based in a stream of community-based health promotion activities rather than a fixed framework of hypothesis testing, the study described in this paper tried to solve the problem of the one-sided communication between Japanese health care providers and receivers by visualizing health-related feelings and concepts for both parties involved in the communication. Three visualization prototypes were developed to visualize: (1) basic sensation and feelings accompanying illness using symptomatic symbols; (2) a wholistic concept of wellness using a face graph; and (3) the multidimensionality of health by using two-dimensional mapping. To develop and further improve these prototypes, people's needs were considered and the research strategy of learning from people by sharing the process of problem solving was adopted. The prototypes were announced at various professional meetings, and people were invited to participate in the process of problem-solving. Several groups were interested and assisted by improvement and triangulation of the prototypes. Results indicated that the strategy was effective in improving the understanding of health-related concerns in typical situations. (Two tables of data and 12 figures are included; 24 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Strategies; Community Based Organizations; Health Communication; Japan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).