The Possibility of Writing Information for Patient Comprehension

July 21, 2015
Stephen Rosenberg, MD

Stephen Rosenberg, MD, Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the possibility of writing information in a way that patients can understand.

Rosenberg explains how he and his team looked at information from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and compared it to that of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). ACS writes information at a lower grade level, so that patients will be able to understand. He urges that cancer centers should use ACS as an example and work with literacy experts, in order to improve the information available online.

Rosenberg also mentions the significance of presenting information to patients, as well as the care that must go into it.

Stephen Rosenberg, MD, Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the possibility of writing information in a way that patients can understand.