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Archive for May, 2008

New Signs of Breast Cancer Poster

After celebrating a birthday yesterday (which funny enough is the same as WordPress’s birthday!), it’s back to work. So, I’ve created a survey designed to assess if my *new* breast cancer poster is communicating correctly. This is an interesting experiment, because it is taking visuals that communicate, and then seeing what the verbal interpretation of them is. I have a dilemma with this, as it may not matter what some of these things are called, as long as people are able to see the signs and recognize them if they see them for themselves, no matter what they call them. But that is the complication with working with visuals, in the end it usually comes down to the text than can support them, especially in the academic world!

But this exercise has helped me redesign aspects of this that I thought were weak without the text descriptions next to them. Knowing that these are tested without the descriptions has motivated me to critically analyse each of the signs and make them better.

So, take the quiz if you are so inclined, or get your friends to do it. It takes 5 minutes!


The honeymoon is over, writing a dissertation

It’s true, I got married last month to a wonderful Brittish man. I met him while living here in England studying for my PhD over two years ago. That’s my little personal side-note to you.

This week has been filled with writing my dissertation and putting together images and research that I’ve been gathering for the last 2.5 years. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it is good to be able to tie everything together and make more sense of all of the pieces!

And, I wanted to thank all of the people that comment on my blog and wish me well. Sometimes I think that I’m doing this little project without influencing anyone, so it’s good to know that there are some people out there that do like all of the work I’ve done so far! Thank you. šŸ™‚

Today I have been searching blogs for mammogram experiences, cataloging words people use to describe their screening. The consistent messages seem to be for those…

antipating their first mammogram: “scared”

after their first mammogram: “It was uncomfortable, but not as painful as I thought it would be.”

anticipating a 6 month follow-up appointment: “Iā€™m not nearly as worried about the mammogram as I was before.”

This is just an initial survey, I hope to look into this message further. The reason being is that some are not recommending yearly mammograms for some people because of the anxiety and stress these appointments make according to a few good sources.

So my question would be, “Could a nice, friendly designed information packet for your first mammogram experience help a patient be less anxious or scared?”

Hey, why not? šŸ™‚