Communication ethics in public health

Krug, Gary J. & Hepworth, Julie (1999) Communication ethics in public health. Critical Public Health, 9(2), pp. 103-116.

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As new diseases and medical conditions emerge, new community groups appear in the public health arena as consumer advocates or lobby groups seeking to affect policy or to represent ‘communities’ formed around these new diseases and conditions. The role of these groups in public health, their political status, and the extent to which they are actually representative are highly problematic for public health. These new constellations of social groups and activities challenge traditional ideas about public health decision-making and demand a rethinking of the constituency and limits of public health. Using discourse theory, symbolic interactionism, and ethological theory, the authors examine one case, exploring the perspectives of various communities on hepatitis C, and explore some issues that this raises for public health.

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ID Code: 60218
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/09581599908402924
ISSN: 0958-1596
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 26 May 2013 22:15
Last Modified: 26 May 2013 22:16

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