The Oxford Handbook of Health Communication, Behavior Change, and Treatment Adherence

ISBN : 9780199795833

Leslie R. Martin; M. Robin DiMatteo
544 Pages
187 x 260 mm
Pub date
Nov 2013
Oxford Library of Psychology
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Better health all around-this is what clinicians and patients, alike, desire. But achieving and maintaining good health can be difficult task, as this requires the adoption of behaviours, habits, and lifestyles that are challenging for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most vital tool in the delivery of healthcare, despite its low-tech nature, is communication-it plays an important role in informing, motivating, and ultimately achieving optimal health behaviours. This edited volume brings together top-notch scientists and practitioners to explain and illustrate the state-of-the-art in the interfaces of health communication, behaviour change, and treatment adherence. The Oxford Handbook of Health Communication, Behaviour Change, and Treatment Adherence presents a three-factor model that includes information, motivation, and strategy. If individuals are to engage in health-promoting behaviours they must be informed and know what they should do and how to do it. But information is not enough-individuals must want to carry out those behaviours, they must be motivated to do so. Finally, people must have the resources to do those things that they know are good and that they desire to do-barriers must be minimized or removed and effective strategies and support systems put into place. Although these three elements are broadly applicable, their details will necessarily vary; the second major section of the handbook therefore revisits health behaviour change and treatment adherence from the perspective of different points in the lifespan and in the context of comorbidities. Readers will find in this handbook a synthesis of cutting-edge empirical research and demonstrably effective applications, solidly grounded in theory. Clearly written by some of the best scholars and professionals in the field, this volume is accessible, highly informative, and a must-have for understanding the ins-and-outs of health communication, behaviour change, and treatment adherence.


1. From Communication to Healthy Behavior and Adherence
Leslie R. Martin and M. Robin DiMatteo
Part One: The Three-Factor Model
2. Barriers and Keys to Treatment Adherence and Health Behavior Change
Leslie R. Martin
Part Two: Information
3. Health Literacy and Information Exchange in Medical Settings
Debra B. Keller, Urmimala Sarkar, and Dean Schillinger
4. The Role of Nonverbal Communication in Medical Interactions: Empirical Results, Theoretical Bases, and Methodological Issues
Marianne Schmid Mast and Gaetan Cousin
5. The Art of Medical Information Exchange
Claude Richard and Marie-Therese Lussier
6. Partnering with and Involving Patients
Rebekah C. Laidsaar-Powell, Stella Bu, and Kirsten J. McCaffery
7. Training for Effective Communication in Healthcare Settings
Marcy E. Rosenbaum and Jonathan D. Silverman
8. Beyond the Dyad: Communication in Triadic (and More) Medical Encounters
Michele G. Greene and Ronald D. Adelman
9. Systemwide Communication
Enrico Coiera and Mei-Sing Ong
Part Three: Motivation
10. Health Beliefs and Health Outcomes
John N. Harvey
11. Perceived Risk and its Relationship to Health-Related Decisions and Behavior
Erika A. Waters, Amy McQueen, and Linda D. Cameron
12. Readiness to Change and the Transtheoretical Model as Applied to Addictive Disorders: A Balanced Appraisal
Nick Heather and Johannes Honekopp
13. Persuasion and Motivation
Jerry Suls and Kathryn Bruchmann
14. The Role of Culture in Promoting Effective Clinical Communication, Behavior Change, and Treatment Adherence
Sarah J. Flynn, Lisa A. Cooper, and Tiffany L. Gary-Webb
15. Commitment to Change: An Examination of the Maintenance of Health Behavior Changes
Kristin P. Beals and Janella M. Godoy
Part Four: Strategy
16. Social Networks, Social Support, and Health-Related Behavior
Mary P. Gallant
17. Non-traditional Approaches for Improving Adherence
Juliet B. Beni
18. Social and Environmental barriers to Adherence and Healthy Behavior
Leslie R. Martin
19. Team-based Techniques for Improving Health Behavior
Christopher Nemeth
20. The Importance of Effective Measurement for Fostering Change
M. Robin DiMatteo, Tricia A. Miller, and Leslie R. Martin
Part Five: Life Span and Co-morbidity Issues
21. Pediatric Adherence and Health Behavior Change
Dennis Drotar and Jennifer M. Rohan
22. Issues in Adolescent Adherence and Health Behavior Change
Jan L. Wallander, Chris Fradkin, and Sarah M. Scott
23. Issues in Aging, Adherence, and Health Behavior Change
Marie C. Bradley and Carmel M. Hughes
24. Adherence and Health Behavior Change in the Context of Mental Health Challenges
Kelly B. Haskard-Zolnierek and Summer L. Williams
25. Managing Complex Regimens: The Psychological Context of Family Management of Pediatric Diabetes
Tim Wysocki
26. Health Communication: Implications for Reform and Public Policy
Leslie R. Martin and M. Robin DiMatteo

About the author: 

Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at La Sierra University; she is also a research psychologist at the University of California, Riverside. M. Robin DiMatteo, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside.

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