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Longitudinal Risk Communication: A Research Agenda for Communicating in a Pandemic

Jeannette Sutton, Yonaira Rivera, Tara Kirk Sell, Meghan Bridgid Moran, DeeDee Bennett Gayle, Monica Schoch-Spana, Eric K. Stern, David Turetsky
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December 21, 2020
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Health Secur. 2020 Dec 2
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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In this paper, we present a research agenda for longitudinal risk communication during a global pandemic. Starting from an understanding that traditional approaches to risk communication for epidemics, crises, and disasters have focused on short-duration events, we acknowledge the limitations of existing theories, frameworks, and models for both research and practice in a rapidly changing communication environment. We draw from scholarship in communication, sociology, anthropology, public health, emergency management, law, and technology to identify research questions that are fundamental to the communication challenges that have emerged under the threat of COVID-19. We pose a series of questions focused around 5 topics, then offer a catalog of prior research to serve as points of departure for future research efforts. This compiled agenda offers guidance to scholars engaging in practitioner-informed research and provides risk communicators with a set of substantial research questions to guide future knowledge needs.



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