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Shared Decision Making in Health CareAchieving evidence-based patient choice$
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Glyn Elwyn, Adrian Edwards, and Rachel Thompson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723448.001.0001

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What you need to know as a clinician about risk communication

What you need to know as a clinician about risk communication

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(p.112) Chapter 18 What you need to know as a clinician about risk communication
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Shared Decision Making in Health Care
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Adrian Edwards

Lyndal Trevena

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723448.003.0018

Risk assessment, communication, and management in health care practice must take into consideration the complexity of the clinical environment and the patient’s needs and preferences for information and decision making support. There is promising evidence for the potential impact of risk communication to assist shared decision making (SDM), individualize goal setting with patients, improve adherence, and reduce inequalities. A range of decision aid sources and risk calculators are available, and the principles of clear risk communication are assimilated here from different authors. Training in risk communication, which is either brief or more in-depth, including familiarizing and gaining confidence with ‘risk talk scripts’, is outlined. Adopting these principles and practices will be a significant improvement from current levels of very limited risk communication in practice.

Keywords:   Risk communication, clinical practice, shared decision making, framing, relative and absolute risk

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