Risk communication is the process of effectively communicating information about the potential harms of care options in terms the patient can understand and act upon. There are many challenges to communicating risk. Many people have limited literacy and numeracy skills. Although challenges exist in doing so, communicating risk effectively is essential to ensuring patients are fully informed and can make comparisons between the risks and benefits of multiple care options.
Foundation-funded Research Highlights
For nearly a decade, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has funded research grants and fellowships to help broaden our knowledge of how medical decisions are made, and how to increase patient involvement in the process. As a result, the researchers we've funded have made major contributions to our understanding of key issues related to the importance of shared decision making (SDM), and informing patients in the process. In our report, Foundation-funded Research Highlights, we provide an overview of these major contributions to SDM research.
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Below you will find samples of our most recent acquisitions in Risk Communication, grouped by resource type.
Shared Decision-Making® Program ResearchView all results of this resource type in Risk Communication.
September 16, 2011
Eckman MH, Wise R, Leonard AC, et al. Impact of health literacy on outcomes and effectiveness of an educational intervention in patients with chronic diseases. Patient Educ Couns. 2011. [Epub ahead of print]. Read the abstract.
Featured Shared Decision Making PublicationsView all results of this resource type in Risk Communication.
March 1, 2011
This article explores evidence that shared decision making can help reduce health disparities by improving patient activation and health outcomes, even for patients with lower health literacy. The authors suggest this is imperative since previous research shows that despite lower knowledge scores, patients with less education and income felt extremely well informed with respect to medication and screening decisions.…
August 1, 2006
Patient-focused interventions are those that recognise the role of patients as active participants in the process of securing appropriate, effective, safe and responsive healthcare. There is a growing belief among policy-makers that patients/citizens can contribute to quality improvement at both an individual and a collective level.…
Informed Medical Decisions Foundation Funded ResearchView all results of this resource type in Risk Communication.
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September 20, 2012
In order to make informed medical decisions, patients need to understand information about risks, benefits and drawbacks of different treatments. However, research on health literacy and medical decision making has shown that patients in different cultures have severe problems grasping a host of numerical concepts that are prerequisites for understanding health-relevant statistical information. Graphical displays -- including line plots, bar charts or icon arrays -- often facilitate the communication of numerical information, and can help overcome some of these difficulties.…
Posted in George Bennett Grants, Literacy and Numeracy, Risk Communication
Tagged data displays, graphic comprehension, graphical displays, health care, health literacy, informed decision making, low graph literacy, medical decisions, patients, shared decision making