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The discursive formation of health. A study of printed health education material used in primary care

Selander, Staffan; Troein, Margareta LU ; Finnegan, John Jr and Råstam, Lennart LU (1997) In Patient Education and Counseling 31(3). p.181-189
Abstract
This study analyses printed educational material on cholesterol, food and health-related lifestyle changes used in primary care in southern Sweden. Two theoretically grounded perspectives are used: orientation of knowledge and rhetoric. According to the first one, the material contained many examples of abstract and detailed knowledge, such as tables of energy contents, and a little less of action-oriented and detailed knowledge, such as food recipes. We also found a few examples of comprehensive, abstract knowledge, such as theoretic explanations. Action-oriented and comprehensive knowledge, relating health to-lifestyle, were rare. The rhetoric style of the material was generally dominated by plain facts, without any identified voice... (More)
This study analyses printed educational material on cholesterol, food and health-related lifestyle changes used in primary care in southern Sweden. Two theoretically grounded perspectives are used: orientation of knowledge and rhetoric. According to the first one, the material contained many examples of abstract and detailed knowledge, such as tables of energy contents, and a little less of action-oriented and detailed knowledge, such as food recipes. We also found a few examples of comprehensive, abstract knowledge, such as theoretic explanations. Action-oriented and comprehensive knowledge, relating health to-lifestyle, were rare. The rhetoric style of the material was generally dominated by plain facts, without any identified voice (i.e. sender) or any emotional orientation. Overall, information was not related to 'the voice of the life-world' but to 'the voice of medicine', and it was in character more general than specific. (Less)
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Health education, Orientation of knowledge, Rhetoric, Printed health information
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Patient Education and Counseling
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31
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3
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181 - 189
publisher
Elsevier
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  • pmid:9277241
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0738-3991
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10.1016/S0738-3991(97)00994-4
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English
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  abstract     = {This study analyses printed educational material on cholesterol, food and health-related lifestyle changes used in primary care in southern Sweden. Two theoretically grounded perspectives are used: orientation of knowledge and rhetoric. According to the first one, the material contained many examples of abstract and detailed knowledge, such as tables of energy contents, and a little less of action-oriented and detailed knowledge, such as food recipes. We also found a few examples of comprehensive, abstract knowledge, such as theoretic explanations. Action-oriented and comprehensive knowledge, relating health to-lifestyle, were rare. The rhetoric style of the material was generally dominated by plain facts, without any identified voice (i.e. sender) or any emotional orientation. Overall, information was not related to 'the voice of the life-world' but to 'the voice of medicine', and it was in character more general than specific.},
  author       = {Selander, Staffan and Troein, Margareta and Finnegan, John Jr and Råstam, Lennart},
  issn         = {0738-3991},
  keyword      = {Health education,Orientation of knowledge,Rhetoric,Printed health information},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {181--189},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Patient Education and Counseling},
  title        = {The discursive formation of health. A study of printed health education material used in primary care},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0738-3991(97)00994-4},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {1997},
}