Policy Press

Communication and health in a multi-ethnic society

By Mark Robinson


Jan 9, 2002

Page count

240 pages




234 x 156 mm


Policy Press
Communication and health in a multi-ethnic society

Communication and cultural diversity have become key focus areas as the health service engages with goals of health improvement and equity.

This timely and unique book provides a rigorous and challenging review of recent research, with a particular focus on health communication interventions concerning service users who may lack fluency in English. The book shows that meeting the needs of all health service users, including disadvantaged groups, depends on both structures and processes of communication.

This book will prove invaluable to healthcare professionals and medical students, academics, practitioners, service managers and policy makers concerned with improving health services for minority ethnic groups.

"This well-written, researched and presented book sets out to present a summary of recent research findings regarding service users who lack fluency in English." Child Language Teaching and Therapy

"... a useful book for those involved in developing health services." Health Expectations

Mark Robinson is a Research Fellow at the School of Healthcare Studies, University of Leeds. Research interests include healthcare communication, socio-cultural diversity, ethnicity, and institutional language and interaction. He has previous research experience of intercultural communication in education.

Contents: Introduction; Part One: Communication barriers: Process barriers; Structural barriers; Part Two: Intervention studies: Service development; Advocates and linkworkers; Interpreters; Training; Health education programmes and resources; Conclusions.


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