Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Erin Marcus, M.D., M.P.H.

Erin Marcus, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Description of Research

Dr. Marcus’ research interests focus on cancer screening and prevention and the communication of screening results. Her research interests also include health literacy and cancer screening, and disparities in cancer screening and treatment. She is the recipient of an American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians (CCCDA-09-216-01), with a research project focusing on the effective communication of mammography results. As part of her ACS CCCDA, Dr. Marcus conducted a nationwide survey of breast imaging centers to evaluate how they communicate results and developed and tested a tool to improve communication of mammography results to low income women. At present, she is conducting a pilot study with support from the South Florida Center for Elimination of Cancer Health Disparities to explore ways of improving the communication of breast density findings to mammography patients.

Highlights

  • Analyzed readability and ease-of-use of 44 commonly used mammography result notification letters; concluded that these letters were written at a level that exceeds the reading ability of more than 50 % of the U.S. population.
  • Conducted a national survey of breast health centers; identified numerous barriers to clear communication of mammography results.
  • Developed a culturally targeted video and web page to improve knowledge of what happens after a mammogram among black women.
  • Developed a tool to improve the communication of mammogram results in a way that is understandable to medically underserved women.
  • Society of General Internal Medicine Women's Health Presentation Award for the Highest-Rated Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentation in Women's Health (out of 44 posters), National SGIM Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 2011.

Selected Cancer-Related Publications

  • Marcus EN, Sanders L, Pereyra M, DelToro Y, Romilly AP, Yepes M, Webb Hooper M, Jones BA. Mammography Result Letters: Are They Easy to Read and Understand? J Women’s Health 20(4): 545-551, 2011. Read more »

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