This dissertation examines implications for health communication as a rhetorical and philosophical practice by focusing on the various topics in the health communication field today, identifying areas that have been examined qualitatively and/or phenomenologically and hermeneutically. Currently, health communication scholarship tends toward qualitative and quantitative research from the methodological perspective of social science. Bringing these approaches into conversation with current phenomenological studies in the health care field, particularly those in the area of nursing, offers the potential to transform health communication scholarship, giving birth to a rhetorically and philosophically grounded praxis in this field.
|Advisor:||Fritz, Janie Harden|
|Commitee:||Arnette, Ronald C., Thames, Richard|
|Department:||Communication and Rhetorical Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, History, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Communication, Health, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology|
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