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A Person-Centred Approach to Communicating Risk

Alaszewski, Andy (2005) A Person-Centred Approach to Communicating Risk. PLoS Medicine, 2 (2). pp. 93-95. ISSN 1549-1277. (doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0020041)

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Doctors and other health professionals play a key role in communicating risk information. They are advisers to patients, especially when patients have to make fateful decisions that can irrevocably change their lives. There is a developing body of literature on the ways in which risk information can be effectively communicated [1,2]. However, much of this literature focuses on the nature of risk information and ways in which the transfer of this information can be improved. It does not fully take into account the complexity of the real world of clinical practice, nor the importance of considering patients as active partners in communication.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020041
Additional information: "This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License."
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2008 22:27 UTC
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 13:41 UTC
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