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Sagt ein Bild mehr als tausend Worte? Risikokommunikation in der ärztlichen Praxis: Vor- und Nachteile der unterschiedlichen Methoden


Neuner-Jehle, S; Wegwarth, O; Steurer, J (2008). Sagt ein Bild mehr als tausend Worte? Risikokommunikation in der ärztlichen Praxis: Vor- und Nachteile der unterschiedlichen Methoden. Praxis, 97(12):669-676.

Abstract

Communication about risk, e.g. cardiovascular risk, is a central task of physicians in their daily practice. In this paper we summarize the different methods of risk communication published in the literature. The different methods and their particular advantages and shortcomings are described and some recommendations are formulated. The most significant of them are: verbal qualifiers like, your risk for a cardiovascular event is moderate, is imprecise and difficult to interpret. Information about risk in numerical form is more comprehensible when delivered in natural frequencies compared to percentages, pictorial representations contribute to a better understanding. Probably not one single mode of representation is the most effective way to convey information about risk, but a combination of methods.

Abstract

Communication about risk, e.g. cardiovascular risk, is a central task of physicians in their daily practice. In this paper we summarize the different methods of risk communication published in the literature. The different methods and their particular advantages and shortcomings are described and some recommendations are formulated. The most significant of them are: verbal qualifiers like, your risk for a cardiovascular event is moderate, is imprecise and difficult to interpret. Information about risk in numerical form is more comprehensible when delivered in natural frequencies compared to percentages, pictorial representations contribute to a better understanding. Probably not one single mode of representation is the most effective way to convey information about risk, but a combination of methods.

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Other titles:Is one picture worth a thousand words? Risk communication in primary care: advantages and shortcomings of different methods
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic and Policlinic for Internal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:German
Date:2008
Deposited On:07 Jan 2009 19:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:48
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:1661-8157
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/1661-8157.97.12.669
PubMed ID:18661891

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