Digital health information: Media coverage and impact on patients

June 16, 2021
12:00pm to 01:30pm
2021-06-16 12:00:00 2021-06-16 13:30:00 America/New_York Digital health information: Media coverage and impact on patients  

In this increasingly digital age, the ability for people to distinguish credible health information from misinformation is more important than ever. Healthcare professionals benefit from understanding the challenges their patients face in finding, assessing and using online health information and learning about tools and resources to improve their patients’ health literacy and empower them to make informed medical decisions.

During this healthcare provider webinar our speaker, Sue Friedman, DVM, Executive Director of FORCE, will cover:

  • The definition of health literacy and digital health literacy
  • How health literacy affects patients' understanding of health information
  • How using plain language helps patients understand health information
  • How social determinants of health, culture, and personal beliefs may influence how patients interpret health information
  • How media coverage affects patients’ understanding of cancer and medical decision-making
  • Tips and resources for communicating with patients about health media reports

Continuing education credits are only available to providers who participated in the live program. 

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About our speaker

Sue Friedman, DVM, was a practicing small-animal veterinarian when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and afterwards learned she carried a BRCA2 mutation. After her diagnosis, Sue recognized gaps in information and resources for people making medical decisions around hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. She was determined that no one else should face hereditary cancer alone. After finishing treatment, she founded Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, known commonly as FORCE, in 1999 to fill the information void for people facing adult hereditary cancer and help them advocate for themselves. Read more.

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This webinar was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 1 NU58DP006672, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

*This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) Activity #: 2020-0000001237

*This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886556304-3767) for 1.5 continuing education contact hours.

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