ECDC has published a new review of the current literature on risk communication related to communicable disease, which identifies best practice in this field as well as current gaps. Risk communication is seen as one of the essential ways of limiting morbidity and mortality, as well as the damage to national economies and public health infrastructure caused by communicable diseases.
The review highlights the particular challenges faced by a multi-cultural and multi-lingual Europe when designing effective risk communication strategies. National and international collaboration is identified as being vital to deal with these challenges as well as further development of cross-sectoral risk preparedness strategies. Although there are many resources available to risk communicators today, limitations have been exposed once they have been tested. Gaps which the report identified include risk communication messages often failing to reach the intended targets and a lack of resources to meet the new and changing needs of more web-based societies.
Read the document: 'A literature review on effective risk communication for the prevention and control of communicable diseases in Europe'
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