Learning and teaching about risk communication

Thistlethwaite, Jill, and Nan Tie, Rodney (2007) Learning and teaching about risk communication. Clinical Teacher, 4 (3). pp. 135-140.

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[Extract] Risk communication is a fundamental skill in the consultation between health professionals and patients. Such communication is part of the process leading to shared decision-making and involves the clinician discussing advantages and disadvantages of treatment, while specific numerical data about potential outcomes may be given.¹ Risk communication is the open two-way exchange of information and opinion about risk, which should lead to better understanding and better decisions about clinical management.² This exchange of information and opinion is important if treatment decisions are to reflect the attitudes to risk of the patients who will live with the outcomes.³ Informed consent to investigations or treatment is impossible without an understanding of risk. Good risk communication reduces the possibility of litigation.

Item ID: 25917
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1743-498X
Keywords: risk communication; decision aids
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 05:46
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 100%
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