Tag Archives: communication

5 Myths about Science communication

9 Sep
My thesis data-collecting semester is all but calm, and I haven’t been able to sit down and really write a post in a couple of weeks (although I have a few in the making). Because of this I’ve decided to recycle some of my old posts that were published at the birth of this blog, which means they were probably never read. This post is from my first semester of grad school last fall when I was just beginning to learn about the complexities of science communication. I began making visuals to help me learn and this was one of the first! Enjoy!
 
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If you’re a follower of science, health or communication-related topics, please follow along and comment! Since most people probably don’t have the time to read long journal articles, I’ll just summarize the key points and make them into illustrations.

Here is the first one, the “5 myths of Science Communication,” from an opinion article titled “Scientists Intuitive Failures,” from The Scientist.

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How is health literacy measured in America?

18 Sep

Health communicators face the challenge of communicating what can be complex subjects to the general public. To do this, measures of a particular audience’s health literacy may be measured to create a strategic communication plan. Surprisingly, the form below is how health literacy is tested in the United States.

Is this enough? Is there a more comprehensive strategy? This test simply measures whether or not the patient can read the words aloud, not if they can comprehend them. Research also shows that a majority of the population is health illiterate based on this test. What are effective mediums that health communicators can use to educate lay people?

This, is of course a rhetorical question that will appreciate any comment. I hope I will slowly learn some sort of answer to this question as I research more.

The Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine takes two to three minutes to complete and can be administered by a nurse or other staff member.

5 Myths about Science communication

7 Sep

Since the majority of graduate schoolwork is reading academic journals about a particular area of interest I have decided to start blogging the interesting articles I read. Since my specialization in Science/Health communication, these are the topics I will be posting about on a weekly basis.

If you’re a follower of science, health or communication-related topics, please follow along and comment! Since most people probably don’t have the time to read long journal articles, I’ll just summarize the key points and make them into illustrations.

Here is the first one, the “5 myths of Science Communication,” from an opinion article titled “Scientists Intuitive Failures,” from The Scientist.