Health Hazards and Public Debate

Health Hazards and Public Debate

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This publication is based on research into the strategies used to communicate information to the public about the risks of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and CJD (Creutzfeldt Jakob disease) in four European countries (the UK, Germany, Italy and Finland) between 1985 and 2000, through political means and health information systems as well as through mass media reporting of the issue. It considers the lessons to be learned from the BSE/CJD crisis, given the need for timely and effective communication on real and perceived risks in such situations, both to prevent and to respond to food and environmental health scares. The book approaches the debate about effective risk communication as an evolving and interactive process between decision makers and their publics, and emphasises the importance of creating mechanisms for interaction at all stages of policy-making. Using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, the research also looks at the way people construct their perceptions about risk and how they make decisions on risk avoidance.Lessons for Risk Communication from the BSE/CJD Saga Carlos Dora ... pillaraquot; of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)1 or the assessment of impacts of agricultural science and technology ... Public engagement needs to be focused on policy objectives arising from issues such as BSE, on what the strategy to meet thoseanbsp;...


Title:Health Hazards and Public Debate
Author: Carlos Dora
Publisher:World Health Organization - 2006
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