The Policy ThinkShop calls your attention to the following interpersonal health communication research:
Healthcare costs, healthcare reform, disease prevention and lifestyle are all important components of the current healthcare reform. The common denominator for these and other critical success factors for planners, policy makers and healthcare payers is individual behavior and choice. Specifically that of the millions of patients who make lifestyle choices that lead to optimal or less than optional health. For this reason it is imperative that we better understand interpersonal health communication between healthcare provider and patient. This is an important nexus where a more integrative, client centered and cost effective system can be understood. Whether you are a health professional, policy maker or patient, health literacy (understanding personal health, the healthcare context for promoting health and how the system can be utilized to promote wellness and prevent disease) and interpersonal health communication can be important communicative contexts to help you engage healthcare reform challenges and opportunities now at hand.
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