Sunday, February 6, 2011

DEGREE PROJECT | Week 01 Experiments: A Reflection

Refining research and reflecting upon previous experiments lead to examining a 2-way street; one lane being young adults, the other being doctors and health care providers. 

In presenting this weeks findings through experimentation feedback consisted of looking towards avenues of potentially affecting health care policy, looking for ways to 'test' doctors and target the health care side of the matter, as well as considering family history and the role it plays in the diagnosis of cancer.

In targeting health care providers and doctors I would like to focus on the relationship that is existing or non-existing with young adults in relation to the communication of cancer and it's probability within the demographic.  Whether it is something simply ignored by doctors, and therefore needs to be advocated from both sides.

Tentative interviews with:
Dr. Gary Doolittle, MD
KU Medical Center

Dr. Jeff Holzbeierlein, MD
KU Medical Center
discussion points
– Challenges within the young adult demographic

– Thoughts on self-initiative and responsibility

– Thoughts on assumptions regarding a preconceived invulnerability and invicibility in the young adult demographic.

– General observation and feedback on the significance of family history and prevalent knowledge.

– Thoughts on why, statistically, cancer survival and prevention rates have failed to increase.

– How crucial are yearly examinations, and how might that be best communicated to the demographic?

– Thoughts on prevention, early diagnosis, and general awareness that communicates to the demographic.

As far as family history goes I am not certain where it will lead me, but I think it is crucial in creating relatability and advocacy; I can’t say that I even know the entirety of my family history in regard to cancer and other diseases.

In further research I have found there to be a lack of communication when it comes to cancer within the family, apparently due to the stigma cancer can engrain upon a family. According to the National Cancer Institute (nci) those with a family history of cancer have an elevated risk of being diagnosed and can be advocated by healthy lifestyles and regular screenings.

According to the previously gather statistics from KCAI students, 13 out of 28 thought cancer diagnosis to be hereditary or genetic.

The challenge now is to create experiments that address these factors as well as other, but also, they need to be informative to both my audience and the project itself. The goal of these experiments is to gain feedback, to learn something, what information can I get from these interactions? What will I gain from these experiments to fuel my ideas?

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