Health literacy and cancer risk perception: implications for genomic risk communication.

  title={Health literacy and cancer risk perception: implications for genomic risk communication.},
  author={Noel T Brewer and Janice P. Tzeng and Sarah E Lillie and Alrick S. Edwards and Jeffrey M. Peppercorn and Barbara Rimer},
  journal={Medical decision making : an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making},
  volume={29 2},
BACKGROUND As new genomic technology expands the number of medical tests available to physicians and patients, identifying gaps in our understanding of how best to communicate risk is increasingly important. We examined how health literacy informs breast cancer survivors' understanding of and meaning assigned to recurrence risks yielded by genomic tests. METHODS Study participants were posttreatment female breast cancer survivors (N =163) recruited at a university breast cancer clinic. We… CONTINUE READING
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