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Digital Health Information: Media Coverage of Cancer and Its Impact on Patients - A workshop for genetic counselors

Digital health literacy plays an important role in patient-provider communication, with implications across the healthcare continuum. In this workshop Marleah Dean Kruzel and Sue Friedman will present the factors that affect digital health literacy, discuss the impact of online health information on patients, and provide tools and resources that genetic counselors can employ to help patients navigate the traps of online health information.


  • Marleah D. Kruzel PhD, Associate Professor, University of South Florida
  • Sue Friedman, DVM, Executive Director, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the complex personal and societal factors that affect patients' digital health literacy.
  • Outline how media coverage affects patient understanding of cancer and medical decision-making.
  • List tips, resources and ways that genetic counselors can help patients understand health media reports and learn about and access to supportive services. 

Genetic Counselor CEUs

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has authorized National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)  to offer up to 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 Category 1 contact hours for the activity Digital Health Information: Media Coverage of Cancer and Its Impact on Patients. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of genetic counselor certification and recertification.


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