The dynamics of rumours in the clinical setting
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The dynamics of rumours in the clinical setting

Ruth Davidhizar Dean of Nursing, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana
Steven Dowd Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

In this article the social and psychological aspects of rumours are considered. The authors place rumours in a wider social context using definitions of different types of rumour before focusing on the nature of rumours in the healthcare environment. Some of the positive and negative consequences of rumours are examined and strategies which can help to minimise the spread of the misinformation characteristically contained in hospital rumours are highlighted.

Nursing Standard. 11, 13, 40-43. doi: 10.7748/ns1996.