Health Communications Science Digest – January

January 2021 -- Vol. 12, Issue 1e

To enhance awareness of emerging health communication and marketing scientific knowledge, the Science Team in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention frequently undertakes an extensive scan of the expert literature.  Recent publications with particular relevance for the public health communication community are detailed here.

Abstracts and PDF copies of most articles are available through the DOI hyperlink included with each citation.  In some cases, however, the DOI hyperlink will not work or the publisher charges for the article.  The help of your local library staff may be required in such circumstances to secure access to some publications.

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Articles of Interest
  • Busch, J., Madsen, E. K., Fage-Butler, A. M., Kjær, M., & Ledderer, L. (2020). Dilemmas of nudging in public health: an ethical analysis of a Danish pamphlet. Health Promot Int. doi:1093/heapro/daaa146
  • Chou, W. S., Gaysynsky, A., & Vanderpool, R. C. (2021). The COVID-19 Misinfodemic: Moving Beyond Fact-Checking. Health Educ Behav, 48(1), 9-13. doi:1177/1090198120980675external icon
  • Chung, M., & Lim, Y. S. (2020). When Health Organization Answers the Question: Differential Effects of Dialogic Messages in Website and Twitter through Social Presence and Psychological Distance. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1864098external icon
  • De Gani, S. M., Nowak-Flück, D., Nicca, D., & Vogt, D. (2020). Self-Assessment Tool to Promote Organizational Health Literacy in Primary Care Settings in Switzerland. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(24). doi:3390/ijerph17249497external icon
  • Fareed, N., Swoboda, C. M., Jonnalagadda, P., Walker, D. M., & Huerta, T. R. (2021). Differences Between Races in Health Information Seeking and Trust Over Time: Evidence From a Cross-Sectional, Pooled Analyses of HINTS Data. Am J Health Promot, 35(1), 84-92. doi:1177/0890117120934609external icon
  • Geiger, N. (2020). Do People Actually “Listen to the Experts”? A Cautionary Note on Assuming Expert Credibility and Persuasiveness on Public Health Policy Advocacy. Health Commun, 1-8. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1862449external icon
  • Ike, J. D., Bayerle, H., Logan, R. A., & Parker, R. M. (2021). Face Masks: Their History and the Values They Communicate. J Health Commun, 1-6. doi:1080/10810730.2020.1867257external icon
  • Jiang, X., Hwang, J., Shah, D. V., Ghosh, S., & Brauer, M. (2021). News Attention and Social-Distancing Behavior Amid COVID-19: How Media Trust and Social Norms Moderate a Mediated Relationship. Health Commun, 1-10. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1868064external icon
  • Kowalski, R. M., & Black, K. J. (2021). Protection Motivation and the COVID-19 Virus. Health Commun, 36(1), 15-22. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1847448external icon
  • Kreslake, J. M., Diaz, M. C., Shinaba, M., Vallone, D. M., & Hair, E. C. (2021). Youth and young adult risk perceptions and behaviours in response to an outbreak of e-cigarette/vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the USA. Tob Control. doi:1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056090pdf iconexternal icon
  • Luisi, M. L. R. (2021). From bad to worse II: Risk amplification of the HPV vaccine on Facebook. Vaccine, 39(2), 303-308. doi:1016/j.vaccine.2020.11.065external icon
  • Ma, H., & Miller, C. H. (2021). The Effects of Agency Assignment and Reference Point on Responses to COVID-19 Messages. Health Commun, 36(1), 59-73. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1848066external icon
  • Pavlova, A., & Berkers, P. (2020). “Mental Health” as Defined by Twitter: Frames, Emotions, Stigma. Health Commun, 1-11. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1862396external icon
  • Semino, E. (2021). “Not Soldiers but Fire-fighters” – Metaphors and Covid-19. Health Commun, 36(1), 50-58. doi:1080/10410236.2020.1844989
  • Song, S., Zhang, Y., & Yu, B. (2021). Interventions to support consumer evaluation of online health information credibility: A scoping review. Int J Med Inform, 145, 104321. doi:1016/j.ijmedinf.2020.104321external icon
  • Sonke, J., Sams, K., Morgan-Daniel, J., Schaefer, N., Pesata, V., Golden, T., & Stuckey, H. (2021). Health Communication and the Arts in the United States: A Scoping Review. Am J Health Promot, 35(1), 106-115. doi:1177/0890117120931710external icon
  • Sutton, J., Rivera, Y., Sell, T. K., Moran, M. B., Bennett Gayle, D., Schoch-Spana, M., . . . Turetsky, D. (2020). Longitudinal Risk Communication: A Research Agenda for Communicating in a Pandemic. Health Secur. doi:1089/hs.2020.0161external icon
  • Tappen, R. M., Cooley, M. E., Luckmann, R., & Panday, S. (2021). Digital Health Information Disparities in Older Adults: a Mixed Methods Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities, 1-11. doi:1007/s40615-020-00931-3external icon
  • van Keulen, H. M., van Breukelen, G., de Vries, H., Brug, J., & Mesters, I. (2020). A randomized controlled trial comparing community lifestyle interventions to improve adherence to diet and physical activity recommendations: the VitalUM study. Eur J Epidemiol. doi:1007/s10654-020-00708-2external icon
  • van Weert, J. C. M., Alblas, M. C., van Dijk, L., & Jansen, J. (2021). Preference for and understanding of graphs presenting health risk information. The role of age, health literacy, numeracy and graph literacy. Patient Educ Couns, 104(1), 109-117. doi:1016/j.pec.2020.06.031external icon
  • Waters, E. A., Maki, J., Liu, Y., Ackermann, N., Carter, C. R., Dart, H., . . . Colditz, G. A. (2021). Risk Ladder, Table, or Bulleted List? Identifying Formats That Effectively Communicate Personalized Risk and Risk Reduction Information for Multiple Diseases. Med Decis Making, 41(1), 74-88. doi:10.1177/0272989×20968070external icon

DISCLAIMER: Articles listed in the Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD) are selected by Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) staff to provide current awareness of the public health communication literature. An article’s inclusion does not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor does it imply endorsement of the article’s methods or findings. OADC, CDC, and DHHS assume no responsibility for the factual accuracy of the items presented. The selection, omission, or content of items does not imply any endorsement or other position taken by OADC, CDC, or DHHS. Opinions, findings and conclusions expressed by the original authors of items included in the HCSD, or persons quoted therein, are strictly their own and are in no way meant to represent the opinion or views of OADC, CDC, or DHHS. References to publications, news sources, and non-CDC Websites are provided solely for informational purposes and do not imply endorsement by OADC, CDC, or DHHS.

Page last reviewed: January 27, 2021