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Dynamism in health communication media in Ghana

Show simple item record Bannor, R., Asare, A.K., Bawole, J. N. 2017-11-03T10:05:22Z 2017-11-03T10:05:22Z 2017
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this paper is to develop an in-depth understanding of the effectiveness, evolution and dynamism of the current health communication media used in Ghana. Design/methodology/approach – This paper uses a multi-method approach which utilizes a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches. In-depth interviews are conducted with health promotion professionals in Ghana and 150 members of the general public were surveyed. Findings – The paper finds that the general public sees social media as an effective place for health professionals to share health-related messages. They also view health-related messages on social media seriously. Health professionals see social media as an effective tool for sending health-related messages to the public and are concerned about the fact that traditional media are losing their effectiveness as means to share health-related messages. Research limitations/implications – This study was conducted in Ghana. Future studies should be conducted across multiple countries to examine the conclusions developed in this paper and the possibility of multiple perspectives regarding the use of social media for sending health messages. Practical implications – The results inform public health officials on developments in health communication and suggest prescriptions on how to adjust to the new media. Originality/value – Health messaging is an area that has been relatively ignored in the literature and almost no research focusses on the effectiveness of social media and other health messaging technologies, particularly in developing countries. Although the study was conducted in Ghana, health professionals worldwide can use the findings to help improve their health messaging strategies. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Emerald Publishing Limited en_US
dc.subject Information technology en_US
dc.subject Mass media en_US
dc.subject Health education en_US
dc.subject Developing countries en_US
dc.subject Dynamic en_US
dc.subject Public health en_US
dc.title Dynamism in health communication media in Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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