Communicating Across Diverse and Differently Literate Audiences

  • Jennifer E. MersereauEmail author
  • Anna R. Brandon


Oncologists and fertility specialists are often challenged when communicating to patients the complex information about cancer, risks of cancer treatment to reproduction, and the processes of fertility preservation (FP), including the probabilities for successful later conception. This has added to the already unfair burden of cancer upon certain populations of women who may have limited backgrounds or levels of literacy. A small but growing number of professionals and organizations are steadily improving access to fertility preservation information for such women. The following discussion outlines the communication barriers and presents strategies for clinicians to improve the dissemination of fertility preservation information to patients.


Fertility Preservation Limited English Proficiency Nonnative Language Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation Oncology Provider 
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This work was supported by the Oncofertility Consortium NIH 5UL1DE019587.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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