Erin N. Marcus, MD, MPH, is a general internist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In 2009, she was one of three physicians nationally to receive an American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians. Her research focused on the communication of mammogram results. Before medical school, Dr. Marcus worked as a newspaper reporter. Even now as a practicing physician, she sometimes writes about health for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and The Huffington Post.
In this podcast, Dr. Erin Marcus talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Challenges when communicating test results by mail or online.
- Strategies to make this information more understandable.
- Ways to help patients be more activated when learning about health.
More Ways to Learn:
- Marcus EN, “Post-mammogram letters often confuse more than they help.” The Washington Post, February 25, 2013. http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-02-25/national/37287736_1_mammogram-letters-dense-breasts
- Marcus EN, Drummond D, Dietz N, “Urban Women’s Preferences for Learning of Their Mammogram Result: A Qualitative Study.” Journal of Cancer Education, March 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22072125
- Marcus EN, Sanders LM, Pereyra M, et al, “Mammography Result Notification Letters: Are They Easy to Read and Understand?” Journal of Women’s Health, Vol. 20, No 4, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21428738
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 4, 9, 11, 26, 27, 30.