Health Communications Science Digest – July

July 2021 -- Vol. 12, Issue 7e

To enhance awareness of emerging health communication and marketing scientific knowledge, the Science Team in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication 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 instances, articles must be requested via another source and a hyperlink to facilitate that process is included with the reference.  Please note that hyperlinks are to CDC licensed materials and are generally available only through the CDC intranet.

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Articles of Interest
  • August, E. M., Powell, R., Morris, E., Romero, L., Zapata, L. B., & Lathrop, E. (2021). Impact of a Health Communication Campaign on Uptake of Contraceptive Services during the 2016-2017 Zika Virus Outbreak in Puerto Rico. Health Commun, 1-8. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1945198external icon
  • Babicz, M. A., Woods, S. P., Matchanova, A., Medina, L. D., Podell, K., Walker, R. L., . . . Avci, G. (2021). How did individual differences in neurocognition and health literacy influence the initial uptake and use of health-related information about COVID-19? J Clin Exp Neuropsychol, 1-17. doi:1080/13803395.2021.1937579external icon
  • Bae, B. J., & Heald, G. (2021). Non-linear effects of absolute risk information on individuals’ self-evaluation, affective responses, and behavioral intentions of precautionary actions against skin cancer. J Am Coll Health, 1-11. doi:1080/07448481.2021.1926266external icon
  • Bartels, S. M., Gora Combs, K., Lazard, A. J., Shelus, V., Davis, C. H., Rothschild, A., . . . Ribisl, K. M. (2021). Development and Application of an Interdisciplinary Rapid Message Testing Model for COVID-19 in North Carolina. Public Health Rep, 136(4), 413-420. doi:1177/00333549211018676external icon
  • Beaudoin, C. E., & Hong, T. (2021). Predictors of COVID-19 Preventive Perceptions and Behaviors: Two Cross-Sectional Studies of Millennials. J Med Internet Res. doi:2196/30612pdf iconexternal icon
  • Berg, S. H., O’Hara, J. K., Shortt, M. T., Thune, H., Brønnick, K. K., Lungu, D. A., . . . Wiig, S. (2021). Health authorities’ health risk communication with the public during pandemics: a rapid scoping review. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 1401. doi:1186/s12889-021-11468-3pdf iconexternal icon
  • Bonnevie, E., Smith, S. M., Kummeth, C., Goldbarg, J., & Smyser, J. (2021). Social media influencers can be used to deliver positive information about the flu vaccine: findings from a multi-year study. Health Educ Res, 36(3), 286-294. doi:1093/her/cyab018pdf iconexternal icon
  • Bremer, D., Klockmann, I., Jaß, L., Härter, M., von dem Knesebeck, O., & Lüdecke, D. (2021). Which criteria characterize a health literate health care organization? – a scoping review on organizational health literacy. BMC Health Serv Res, 21(1), 664. doi:1186/s12913-021-06604-zpdf iconexternal icon
  • Budzynski-Seymour, E., Milton, K., Mills, H., Wade, M., Foster, C., Vishnubala, D., . . . Steele, J. (2021). A Rapid Review of Communication Strategies for Physical Activity Guidelines and Physical Activity Promotion: A Review of Worldwide Strategies. J Phys Act Health, 1-14. doi:1123/jpah.2020-0832external icon
  • Davis, C. J., Golding, M., & McKay, R. (2021). Efficacy information influences intention to take COVID-19 vaccine. Br J Health Psychol. doi:1111/bjhp.12546external icon
  • Feemster, K. A., Head, K. J., Panozzo, C. A., O’Dell, S. M., Zimet, G. D., & Kornides, M. L. (2021). Efficacy of tailored messages to improve behavioral intent to accept HPV vaccination among mothers may be moderated by sociodemographics. Prev Med Rep, 23, 101413. doi:1016/j.pmedr.2021.101413external icon
  • Geusens, F., & Beullens, K. (2021). I See, Therefore I am: Exposure to Alcohol References on Social Media, but Not on Traditional Media, Is Related to Alcohol Consumption via Drinking and Non-Drinking Identity. Health Commun, 1-9. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1954301external icon
  • Guntuku, S. C., Buttenheim, A. M., Sherman, G., & Merchant, R. M. (2021). Twitter discourse reveals geographical and temporal variation in concerns about COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Vaccine, 39(30), 4034-4038. doi:1016/j.vaccine.2021.06.014external icon
  • He, L., He, C., Reynolds, T. L., Bai, Q., Huang, Y., Li, C., . . . Chen, Y. (2021). Why do people oppose mask wearing? A comprehensive analysis of U.S. tweets during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Am Med Inform Assoc, 28(7), 1564-1573. doi:1093/jamia/ocab047pdf iconexternal icon
  • Huang, G., & Li, K. (2021). Get Vaccinated for Loved Ones: Effects of Self-Other Appeal and Message Framing in Promoting HPV Vaccination among Heterosexual Young Men. Health Commun, 1-13. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1953728external icon
  • Jung, J., Bir, C., Widmar, N. O., & Sayal, P. (2021). Initial Reports of Foodborne Illness Drive More Public Attention Than Do Food Recall Announcements. J Food Prot, 84(7), 1150-1159. doi:4315/jfp-20-383pdf iconexternal icon
  • Kronrod, A., Grinstein, A., & Shuval, K. (2021). Think positive! Emotional response to assertiveness in positive and negative language promoting preventive health behaviors. Psychol Health, 1-18. doi:1080/08870446.2021.1942876external icon
  • LaPoe, V. L., Carter Olson, C. S., Azocar, C. L., LaPoe, B. R., Hazarika, B., & Jain, P. (2021). A Comparative Analysis of Health News in Indigenous and Mainstream Media. Health Commun, 1-12. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1945179external icon
  • Lazić, A., & Žeželj, I. (2021). A systematic review of narrative interventions: Lessons for countering anti-vaccination conspiracy theories and misinformation. Public Underst Sci, 9636625211011881. doi:1177/09636625211011881external icon
  • Lee, J., Kwan, Y., Lee, J. Y., Shin, J. I., Lee, K. H., Hong, S. H., . . . Park, M. B. (2021). Public Interest in Immunity and the Justification for Intervention in the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Analysis of Google Trends Data. J Med Internet Res, 23(6), e26368. doi:2196/26368external icon
  • Li, Y., Guan, M., Hammond, P., & Berrey, L. E. (2021). Communicating COVID-19 information on TikTok: a content analysis of TikTok videos from official accounts featured in the COVID-19 information hub. Health Educ Res, 36(3), 261-271. doi:1093/her/cyab010pdf iconexternal icon
  • Limaye, R. J., Holroyd, T. A., Blunt, M., Jamison, A. F., Sauer, M., Weeks, R., . . . Gellin, B. (2021). Social media strategies to affect vaccine acceptance: a systematic literature review. Expert Rev Vaccines, 1-15. doi:1080/14760584.2021.1949292external icon
  • Lu, H., Chu, H., & Ma, Y. (2021). Experience, experts, statistics, or just science? Predictors and consequences of reliance on different evidence types during the COVID-19 infodemic. Public Underst Sci, 30(5), 515-534. doi:1177/09636625211009685external icon
  • Mirzaei, A., Aslani, P., Luca, E. J., & Schneider, C. R. (2021). Predictors of Health Information-Seeking Behavior: Systematic Literature Review and Network Analysis. J Med Internet Res, 23(7), e21680. doi:2196/21680external icon
  • Pettigrew, S., Booth, L., Jongenelis, M. I., Brennan, E., Chikritzhs, T., Hasking, P., . . . Wakefield, M. (2021). A randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of combinations of ‘why to reduce’ and ‘how to reduce’ alcohol harm-reduction communications. Addict Behav, 121, 107004. doi:1016/j.addbeh.2021.107004external icon
  • Qu, Y., Saffer, A. J., & Austin, L. (2021). What Drives People Away from COVID-19 Information?: Uncovering the Influences of Personal Networks on Information Avoidance. Health Commun, 1-12. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1944457external icon
  • Sherman, L. D., Goidel, K., Bergeron, C. D., & Smith, M. L. (2021). Web-Based Health Information Seeking Among African American and Hispanic Men Living With Chronic Conditions: Cross-sectional Survey Study. J Med Internet Res, 23(7), e26180. doi:2196/26180external icon
  • Vereen, R. N., Kurtzman, R., & Noar, S. M. (2021). Are Social Media Interventions for Health Behavior Change Efficacious among Populations with Health Disparities?: A Meta-Analytic Review. Health Commun, 1-8. doi:1080/10410236.2021.1937830external icon
  • Winograd, D. M., Fresquez, C. L., Egli, M., Peterson, E. K., Lombardi, A. R., Megale, A., . . . McAndrew, L. M. (2021). Rapid review of virus risk communication interventions: Directions for COVID-19. Patient Educ Couns, 104(8), 1834-1859. doi:1016/j.pec.2021.01.024external 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.

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