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Clinical Nutrition For Dummies by Michael Rovito

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Chapter 20

Communicating Health Information

In This Chapter

arrow Uncovering health communication basics

arrow Understanding the science behind communicating

arrow Distinguishing between communication content and context

arrow Being aware of challenges when communicating

Communicating information, particular dietary recommendations, is both a science and an art form. Persuading people to alter their dietary or other health behaviors, eliminate bad habits, and adopt new wellness routines is difficult, and not every health professional is successful. You can be the premier researcher in the world, producing the finest work, but if you can't communicate your information appropriately, then all your hard work loses much of its power to promote wellness.

Effectively translating dietary information to patients is a difficult yet essential skill for every clinician to master. The fact is that how you say something is just as important as what you say. In this chapter, I present the science behind communicating health promotional messages to someone — a valuable skill for future clinicians. Part of being a successful ...

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