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Risk communication in the clinical consultation

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Richard Thomson


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Modern healthcare and modern societies are facing up to the need for greater engagement of patients in treatment decisions. Shared and informed decision-making is replacing traditional paternalistic approaches to decisions; health policy both reflects and drives these changes. A critical contribution to better informed decisions by patients is the effective communication of risk in the clinical consultation. This is not straightforward, but there is a growing evidence base to improve performance in this area to the benefit of both patients and clinicians. The purpose of this review is to provide an accessible and practical guide to better communication of risk by clinicians.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Thomson R, Edwards A, Grey J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Medicine

Year: 2005

Volume: 5

Issue: 5

Pages: 465-469

ISSN (print): 1470-2118

ISSN (electronic): 1473-4893

Publisher: Royal College of Physicians