Learning Styles and the Cancer Experience with Debbie Kerr

  • Learning Styles and the Cancer Experience

    Join Debbie as she presents on how making medical documentation language more clear, while taking into consideration audience learning styles can help medical patients and their families!

    Progression Description:

    Improving health literacy is critical to ensuring that everyone has the information they need to make informed decisions about their care. To do this, the information must be clear enough for patients and their families to understand and apply it to the situation at hand. While strides have been made to achieve this goal using plain language, there is more that can be done. Documentation will have a greater impact on its audience if it takes into consideration their preferences for learning, their situation, and the types of information that they have to process. Look at some examples to see what works and what could be improved. When the stakes are so high, it is critical that, as technical communicators, we get it right.

    Debbie’s Biography:

    Debbie Kerr has been a technical communicator for over 30 years and a cancer survivor for over five. In her role as a technical writer, and now as a business analyst, she sees herself as a user advocate. This is the reason she is so passionate about improving patient’s health literacy through her book, When Cancer Takes Flight, her volunteer work as a Patient and Family Advisor with Cancer Care Ontario, and for speaking at conferences to the people who can help make a difference. She regularly shares her knowledge on her blog at www.laughterandcancer.com.

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