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Title: Public responses to precautionary information from the department of health (UK) about possible health risks from mobile phones
Authors: Barnett, J
Timotijevic, L
Shepherd, R
Senior, V
Keywords: Policy development;Uncertainty;Risk communication;Precaution;Mobile phones
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Health Policy. 82(2): 240-250, Jul 2007
Abstract: Understanding public perceptions of health information is of increasing importance in the light of the growing imperatives upon regulators to communicate information about risk and uncertainty. Communicating the possible health risks from mobile telecommunications is a domain that allows consideration of both public perceptions of uncertain public health information and public responses to precautionary advice. This research reports the results of a nationally representative survey in the UK (n = 1742) that explored public responses to a leaflet issued by the Department of Health (DoH) in 2000 providing information about the possible health risks of mobile phones. The aims of the study were twofold: a) to assess awareness of the leaflet and the extent to which participants could identify the precautionary advice that the leaflet contained as coming from the Government; and b) to examine publics’ responses to the current Government precautionary advice about mobile phone health risks; was this associated with increased concern or reassurance? The results indicate the importance of policy makers developing a clear understanding of the possible effects of communicating precautionary advice.
ISSN: 0168-8510
Appears in Collections:Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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