Technical Communication Situational Analysis Assignment

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For the Technical Communications Rhetorical Analysis assignment, I have reviewed two instructional documents. The first document is an instructional document for patientsreceiving steroid pulse therapy for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and the effect of instruction on patient knowledge by Yu-Chu Pai who works for BioMed Central Ltd. The second document is also a letter about blood transfusion errors by American Society of Registered Nurses. The purpose of this memo is to outline the similarities and differences that I have discovered during my rhetorical analysis of these two pieces. I will provide an audience analysis and a situational analysis, along with a discussion of the conventions and appeals of the two project proposal documents.Audience…show more content…
The primary audience is the hospitals or clinic staff. Like the instructional document, the audience is dealing with medical research; however, the audience is explained as a problem for nurses or doctors doing blood transfusion. The secondary audience includes the patients and the upper-level managers of the hospital.
September 22, 20172Possible external audiences include other scientists or people working for other hospitals or clinics that specialize in blood transfusion. Situational AnalysisThe context of the steroid pulse therapy document is mainly focused on medical research. Primarily, it is written in relation to this type of therapy for patients who receive this treatment and the ones who administer the therapy. The request for the research proposal is addressed several times throughout the document. For example, in the background of this document, the author acknowledges that “Nursing instructions are important for improving patient knowledge related to their diseases and treatments.” The document was clearly written while the therapy treatment was being conducted on separate occasions. This is evident by a few
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Since the steroid therapy document is being made to other hospitals or scientist and there are no other competing instructions, ethos is not as necessary as in the blood transfusion error letter. The main source of ethos in the blood transfusion letter arises from the seriousness of life or death while performing the transfusion. Pathos is also used vastly throughout both documents. Both appeal to several of the audience’s values, including:• Life• Time• Health• Safety• AwarenessFinal ThoughtsBy completing a rhetorical analysis of these two documents, I have better knowledge with the structure and purpose of creating a memo out of external information such as an instruction document or an error letter. I noticed that these documents are highly important to performing medical tasks and procedures that allow patients to feel comfortable and in the blood transfusion case, to live. There was similarities and differences between the two documents that made the understanding of medical research so complex and distinct. The rhetorical analysis between the two can be valued as mostly similar, with the context of them to be

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