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Health Messaging May Help to Improve Acceptance of Science-Based Information
With the proliferation of health misinformation, the United States has struggled to get many Americans to abide by the science-based recommendations—such as mask wearing and vaccine acceptance—necessary to control the global pandemic. The National Institutes of Health now suggests that health messaging can help alleviate this problem. Using evidence-based communication guidelines can help oral health professionals combat the spread of health misinformation. These include:
- Know your audience.
- Be upfront about uncertainty.
- Realize that your role as an oral health professional brings believability to your messaging.
- Learn the sources of health misinformation.
- Avoid using a judgmental tone.
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