Chapter 2. How “Normal” Am I?

  1. Roxanne Parrott

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310832.ch2

Talking about Health: Why Communication Matters

Talking about Health: Why Communication Matters

How to Cite

Parrott, R. (2009) How “Normal” Am I?, in Talking about Health: Why Communication Matters, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310832.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405177573

Online ISBN: 9781444310832

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Keywords:

  • significant role to play in communicating about health to answer questions such as, “Am I normal?”;
  • numbers used to communicate about health aren't, How “Normal” Am I? often on a 1–10 scale like an APGAR score;
  • the use of numbers to talk about health risk sometimes using expression “absolute risk” which defines proportion of a group affected by a disease in an entire population;
  • Realizing that “nothing more than feelings” is what we often use to make health decisions;
  • numbers giving us insights about health compared to statistical standard, stories;
  • telling firsthand stories - helps the teller to cope but may also form deterministic views of “normal”;
  • Secondhand stories - common and form our understanding of how “normal” are our experiences;
  • When It Comes to Poor Health;
  • choosing alternative treatments;
  • when we don't want to know

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Compared to the Numbers

  • Compared to the Stories

  • When It Comes to Poor Health

  • When Choosing Alternative Treatments

  • When We Don't Want to Know

  • Summing It Up …