ERIC Number: ED199789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Communication Education in the Future: The Emerging Area of Health Communication.
Kreps, Gary L.
One area of communication education that is ripe for growth is that of health communication, where human communication knowledge is adapted to the demands of health care practice. The development of interdisciplinary communication programs such as curricula in health communication can begin to bridge the gap in knowledge between different disciplines and provide epistemological gains for both health care scholars and communication scholars. Problems and issues in the delivery of health care such as lack of patient compliance, misunderstandings and miscommunications between practitioners and patients, unrealistic expectations by both patients and health professionals, and insensitivity in helper-patient relationships are explored in health communication courses. Human communication training, focusing on the relationship between health care and human interaction, can provide the impetus necessary to facilitate in health care professionals both an appreciation for the importance of human communication, and the development of effective health communication skills. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 9-11, 1981).