Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design

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Joanna Zlotkowska

Research Interests

Designing information for children at risk of cancer predisposition syndromes using affective graphic design

The aim of the study is to investigate and evaluate the effectiveness of a range of affective graphic methodologies on risk communication strategies at the medical professional and patient interface. The study identifies the most appropriate ways of informing children about the risk of genetic illnesses, screening and treatments available. The research gives the basis for developing graphic tools to provide information for children by using Affective Graphic Design. Therefore in designing graphic tools, the emotional impact of design on young patients and control group of children will be considered.

The study uses qualitative methodology to understand the patient’s needs by interviewing children and adults with a family history of cancer. Graphic tools, appropriate to different age groups, will be developed with the help of participants.

The children cannot consent to the testing or screening, nevertheless they can assent and it is preferable for the child to have an input into the decision. If we can achieve good information methods we will be able to help children to make decisions.

This research is conducted in collaboration with medical professionals from Yorkshire Regional Genetics Service: Dr Carol Chu and Dr Mushtaq Ahmed, and was approved by the National Research Ethics Committee (NHS).

 

  • Zlotkowska, J., Cassidy, T., Colour preferences in children. Affective design for children at risk of cancer. 2010, CREATE Conference Proceedings, Gjovik, Norway.
  • Zlotkowska, J., Cassidy, T., Chu, C.E., Ahmed, M., 2009, Designing information for children at risk of cancer predisposition syndromes by using affective Design, Journal of Medical Genetics46, Supplement No 1., p. S113.
  • Zlotkowska, J., Borowski rediscovered; poems. “Do zrodel” II, Polish Philology Institute Journal, University of Podlasie, 2003.
  • Yearly photographic exhibitions 2000-2006, as a member of Photographic Society “Fotogram”, Poland.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Dr Stones

PhD Thesis

Designing information for children at risk of cancer predisposition syndromes using affective graphic design

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