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Protecting the Soul of a (Fairly) New Discipline, Health Communication
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kali Madden Dec 4, 2007.


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What do you do?
Reporter, Researcher
Freelance and Stockholm County Council
Fields of interest
science, health, poverty reduction, biotechnology, policy
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English, Swedish, German, French
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David Finer , UK-born medical writer, living in Sweden since I came as a child with my parents. Husband, father of three. Trained in social sciences. In 1999 I defended a licentiate thesis on consumer drug information and the mass media in Vietnam at Karolinska Institutet medical university in Stockholm, where I am a PhD student. I have taught medical journalism, health communication, etc , been a communications consultant in Lao PDR, Vietnam, Bolivia and Moldavia and received research and study grants from Swedish Medical Research Council, Swedish National Council on Research (FRN), the Wahlgren Foundation, Swedish Agency for Research Collaboration with Developing Countries (SAREC), and the Swedish Fund for Research without Animal Experiments. I wish to primarily discuss and collaborate around issues of professionalism and ethics in science journalism, conflicting roles of journalists and scientists and networking.

Selected publications: (1) Finer D, Tomson G, Björkman N-M: Ally, advocate, analyst, agenda-setter? Positions and perceptions of Swedish medical journalists. Patient Education and Counseling: 30(1); 71-81. 1997. (2) Grilli R, Freemantle N, Domenighetti L, Finer D. The Effect of Mass Media on Health Sevices Utilization and Health Care Outcomes. A Review of the Literature., National Health Services, UK. 1997. (3) Finer D, Thurén T, Tomson G. Tet Offensive: Winning Hearts and Minds for Prevention. Discourse and Ideology in the Vietnamese ‘Health’ Newspaper. Social Science and Medicine 1998;47(1):133-145. (4) Finer D, Tomson G. Medicines in the News: Content Analysis of Articles on Medicines in Vietnamese Newspapers 1993-94. Published in International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine1999;12:109-122.

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At 13:26 on August 18, 2007, Marlene Rau said…
Hi David!
Wir können gern auf Deutsch kommunizieren - gar kein Problem! ;-)
Ich habe einmal versucht Schwedisch zu lernen, aber viel weiter als Jo heijter Marlene - vo hejter du? Verafron kommer du? bin ich nie gekommen... (please excuse my spelling!) ;-))
Du bist in vielen spannenden Ländern unterwegs gewesen - klasse!
Viele Grüße,
At 16:30 on July 9, 2007, Do Thi Thanh Ha said…
Hello David,
Sorry for reply you so late because I've come back from a trip go to the mountain province (It is poor and so far from the city without Internet :-(
Now I work as a researcher on public opinion and mass media. My major studies include reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, and harm reduction interventions...
Hope a little information will satisfy your curiousness :-)
Please feel free to contact with me if you have any questions.
All the best.
At 9:33 on June 21, 2007, David Finer said…
Hi Bui, It is true that I do not speak Vietnamese, and that limits the possibilities to really get close to people for interviewing. Even using an interpreter doesn't really solve this problem. So I appreciate what you are saying about finding English-speaking journalists. For the in-depths interview I think it would be enough to interview 8-12 journalists I think, and that number of English-speaking health reporters might be possible to find I suppose. And for a survey I would have to get help to translate the questions into Vietnamese and then one could send it to a larger number. I will check out the website you suggest, and please give me the names and addresses of the Swedish students, thanks. Your newspaer Tuoi Tre primarily targets youth, I think?
At 7:07 on June 16, 2007, Vern Weitzel said…
Hi David, Welcome! Vern


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