Samantha Page, Jordan Alpert and Carma Bylund Author Article on Enhancing Communication to Combat Cancer Fatalism
Samantha Page, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications STEM Translational Communication Center post-doctoral associate, Jordan Alpert, Advertising assistant professor, and Carma Bylund, Public Relations associate professor and associate professor in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the UF College of Medicine, are the co-authors of “Fatalistic Cancer Beliefs Across Generations and Geographic Classifications: Examining the Role of Health Information Seeking Challenges and Confidence” published in the Journal of Cancer Education on July 9.
The study explored the assumption that enhancing access to and use of health information will alleviate cancer fatalism.
According to the authors, “This study has important implications for combating fatalistic cancer beliefs by improving the process by which people acquire health information. Two recommendations, which are grounded in the perspective of health information equity, include enhancing patients’ skills in accessing and evaluating health information on the Internet and optimizing the dissemination of culturally adapted cancer education.”